Patients requiring emergency care may still access A&E using its regular entrance. However, patients should expect some disruptions to service including longer wait times as a result of reduced bed capacity.

As the planned multi-phased project to expand the department continues, the HSA would like to remind the community of the importance of utilising A&E only in a true emergency. All A&E departments use a priority system – called ‘triage’ – where the most seriously ill patients are seen first.

Persons with non-emergency needs such as flu, earache, mild sprains, cuts and colds can visit HSA’s Urgent Care Walk-in Clinic located in the George Town Hospital’s atrium (main entrance). This weekend the clinic will be open on Saturday 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM   with no appointments necessary .

A&E will remain open 24 hours a day without interruption to ensure the continuity of patient care.

Reasons to visit Accident & Emergency:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Persistent, severe chest pain
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Severe bleeding
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Severe burns or scalds
  • Acute confused state and fits that are not stopping