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Emergency care

Stop! Is it an emergency?

Today’s NHS offers a wide range of services to people with illnesses or injuries that are new or have suddenly become a lot worse (acute health problems). Depending on the nature and severity of the problem, there are often good alternatives to a visit to the emergency department (A&E).

Choosing the right care

The Choose better website can help you to find the right place for treatment.


GP out-of-hours services

If you need urgent help from your doctor (GP) or would like some advice but your GP surgery is closed:

Call the GP out-of-hours service on 0845 0450411.

Visit the GP out-of-hours service at the Royal Infirmary Urgent Care Centre

Or visit www.nhs.uk or call 111.  The NHS 111 helpline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.


Urgent care, minor illness and injury

Minor injuries units (MIUs) are designed to treat less serious injuries, such as sprains, cuts and grazes.

If you live in Leicester city the nearest is the Urgent Care centre at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

If you live outside Leicester, you may find it a lot more convenient to visit one of the following:

Walk-In Centres

Oadby and Wigston Walk-In Medical Centre 18 The Parade, Oadby, LE2 5BJ Tel: 0116 271 1360. Open: 8am – 8pm, seven days a week.

Merlyn Vaz Walk-In Medical Centre Spinney Hill Road, Leicester, LE5 3GH Tel: 0116 242 9450
Open: 8am – 8pm, 7 days a week.

Minor Injury Units and Minor Illness Units

Rutland Memorial Hospital, Overton Road, Oakham, LE15 6NT Tel: 01572 722552. Open: Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 6pm. Minor Injury, 9am – 5pm. No walk-in service at weekends and Bank Holidays.

Market Harborough District Hospital, Coventry Road, Market Harborough, LE16 9DD Tel: 01858 410500. Open: Seven days a week, 9am – 9pm.

Melton Mowbray Hospital, Thorpe Road, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1SJ Tel: 01664 800103. Open: Weekends and Bank Holidays, 9.30am – 1.30pm.

Latham House Medical Practice, Sage Cross Street, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1NX Tel: 01664 503000. Open: (minor injuries only) Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 6.30pm.

Loughborough Urgent Care Centre, Loughborough Hospital, Hospital Way, LE11 5YJ Tel: 01509 611 600. Open 24 hours, 365 days a year.


Our emergency department

Our emergency department (ED) at Leicester Royal Infirmary provides emergency care for adults and children 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Please use our service sensibly and consider one of the other options above whenever possible. This will help us to concentrate on what we do best: treating patients who are seriously ill or injured.

Emergency department  -visit our web pages to find out more about what we do.

Website links:

NHS Choices website: 'What is an Emergency?' http://www.nhs.uk/nhsengland/aboutnhsservices/emergencyandurgentcareservices/pages/ae.aspx


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