UCCs are for minor illnesses and injuries that are urgent but not life threatening.
They are often located at a hospital and you can just walk in. You do not need an appointment.
UCCs are staffed by GPs and nurses with specialist skills in urgent care. UCCs are for patients whose conditions are urgent enough that they cannot wait for a GP appointment, but who do not need emergency treatment at A&E.
Adults and children can use UCCs for:
If your condition gets worse, the doctors and nurses at the UCC will quickly get you to the best place for your care. The UCC may also refer you back to your GP for an appointment if that is best for you.
A&E is for major, life-threatening illnesses and injuries, which can include:
It is normal to be extra concerned with getting the right care if a child becomes unwell. For minor illnesses and injuries GPs and urgent care centres can treat children.
You should take your child to A&E if they: