Check it's not an emergency

Call 999 now for any of these:

  • signs of a heart attack chest pain, pressure, heaviness, tightness or squeezing across the chest
  • signs of a stroke face dropping on one side, can’t hold both arms up, difficulty speaking
  • sudden confusion (delirium) cannot be sure of own name or age
  • suicide attempt by taking something or self-harming
  • severe difficulty breathing not being able to get words out, choking or gasping
  • heavy bleeding spraying, pouring or enough to make a puddle
  • severe injuries after a serious accident
  • seizure (fit) shaking or jerking because of a fit, or unconscious (can’t be woken up)
  • sudden, rapid swelling of the lips, mouth, throat or tongue
  • labour or childbirth waters breaking, more frequent intense cramps (contractions), baby coming, or just born

British Sign Language (BSL) speakers can make a video call to 999.

Deaf people can use 18000 to contact 999 using text relay.