3 November 2020

We have been asked to communicate this information by the NHS:


The Emergency Department at Chorley and South Ribble District Hospital

  • The emergency department at Chorley and South Ribble District Hospital will reopen on Monday 2 November 2020.
  • The A&E service at Chorley and South Ribble District Hospital will initially open as an adult’s only service.
  • Children or young people under the age of 18, and pregnant women needing A&E services in an emergency situation should go to the Royal Preston Hospital to ensure they get the most appropriate care.
  • Most patients with minor injury or illness can be treated by an Urgent Care Service.

Opening hours:

  • The department will accept adult patients from 8am until 5pm each day.
  • Between 8am – 5pm ambulances will transport patients to Chorley if appropriate.
  • Outside of these hours, ambulance patients will be taken to Royal Preston Hospital.


You should not attend the A&E service at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital in the following circumstances:

  • You are pregnant
  • You are under the age of 18
  • You suffer a badly broken bone
  • You suspect a heart attack or stroke
  • You suspect internal bleeding
  • You suffer extensive burns
  • You suffer extensive trauma


In any of these circumstances, please go directly to Royal Preston A&E department. Patients requiring resuscitation or suffering from high risk internal bleeding will also be taken straight to the Royal Preston Hospital.


Coronavirus symptoms:

If you have a high temperature or a new continuous cough or a loss or change to your normal sense of taste or smell, please use the 

NHS 111 online coronavirus service: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19


You should only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online.


Urgent medical help:

For urgent medical help, not related to coronavirus, please use the NHS 111 online service: https://111.nhs.uk/


You should only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online.



In an emergency, call 999.


Urgent Care Centre:

The 24/7 Urgent Care Centre at Chorley and South Ribble District General Hospital can treat a wide range of minor ailments, for both children and adults, including: 

•            Minor nose bleeds

•            Cuts, bites and stings

•            Burns and scalds

•            Infections (including abscesses)

•            Foreign bodies in wounds, ears and noses

•            Muscular sprains and strains to shoulders, arms and legs

•            Fractures to shoulders, arms, legs & ribs

•            Dislocations of fingers, thumbs and toes

•            Minor eye conditions including conjunctivitis and foreign bodies

•            Minor chest, neck and back injuries

•            Minor head injuries with no loss of consciousness