Emergency and Urgent Services

Emergency departments assess and treat patients with serious injuries or illnesses.
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Our Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Department of Emergency Medicine at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has built its international reputation by striving to provide the highest quality of contemporary, evidence-based emergency care, informed by groundbreaking research, backed by high-level education, and centred on the needs of our patients.  The adult Emergency Department at Manchester Royal Infirmary is accredited as a level 1 Trauma Centre, receiving major trauma from across Greater Manchester.  This unit is one of the largest Emergency Departments in the country with around 110,000 new attendances each year.  The Trust also boasts a dedicated Paediatric Emergency Department, built in 2009, on the site of the largest Children’s Hospital in Europe.

Our service is currently the focus of an unprecedented investment to redevelop the adult unit at Manchester Royal Infirmary, expand our consultant numbers and thus further improve the quality of care we provide to our patients.  We invite you to discover more about our exciting plans for the future, to contact us for an informal discussion, and attend our open day.  Most of all, we hope that you will join our friendly, passionate and committed team by applying for a position as Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Generally, you should visit our Emergency Department or call 999 for emergencies, such as:

  • loss of consciousness
  • pain that is not relieved by simple analgesia,
  • acute confused state,
  • persistent, severe chest pain, or
  • breathing difficulties

If an ambulance is needed, call 999, the emergency phone number in England. You can also dial 112, which is the equivalent for the European Union.


At our Emergency Department a doctor or nurse will assess your condition and decide on further action. You usually have to wait before you are seen, particularly on Friday or Saturday nights. We aim to try to see, diagnose and treat 95% of people within four hours of arrival. Please remember that everyone is assessed on clinical need so people will not always been seen in the order that they arrive.


Access by car is from Grafton Street. Pedestrian access is from Upper Brook Street

Contact Details

Telephone: 0161 276 4147

Additional Support

Within our Emergency Department, we also have a Primary Care Emergency Centre. They can treat patients without an appointment. They deal with minor injuries and illnesses.