Do not use PATCHS for medical emergencies

You should not use PATCHS for medical emergencies.

You should instead call 999 or go to your nearest A&E.

You should not use PATCHS for medical emergencies because your GP practice may not be able to respond quickly enough to help you.

Here are examples of medical emergency situations in which you should not use PATCHS:

  • Loss of consciousness or black outs
  • Acute confusion
  • Fits or seizures that are not stopping
  • Severe chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Bleeding that cannot be stopped
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Severe burns or scalds
  • Sudden-onset headaches ('thunderclap' headaches or the 'worst headache of your life')
  • Suspected heart attacks
  • Suspected strokes
  • Swelling of a leg or arm, or chest pain, if you have COVID-19