The emergency department assesses and treats people with major trauma, serious injuries and those in need of emergency treatment. It's open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.
The emergency department is sometimes referred to as casualty, accident and emergency or A&E.
If you need an ambulance, call 999 - the emergency phone number in England.
You should only go to the emergency department for life-threatening emergencies such as loss of consciousness, a very serious state of confusion, persistent severe chest pain or breathing difficulties.
Our emergency department is just one of the urgent care services available
There are a variety of other local health services available and selecting the right one will help you feel better faster.
Southampton residents can use the local services section of Hants and IoW Integrated Care System website to find out when it's appropriate to come to the emergency department and what alternative services are available. You can also get further information about your local NHS primary care services such as GPs and out-of-hours treatment.
For any further information about your local NHS primary care services such as GPs and out-of-hours treatment, please visit the NHS website.