Emergency Department

Our Emergency departments deal with genuine life-threatening emergencies.

You could get treatment faster elsewhere if you have a minor injury or illness.

Do you need emergency medical treatment?

We are busy

Our emergency departments (A&E) are extremely busy, and you may have to wait up to 4 hours, or longer, to be seen. Patients who are critically ill or injured may be seen before you – even if they arrived after you. If your condition isn’t life-threatening, you may be able to get help faster elsewhere.

Please only attend our emergency departments with a maximum of one other person supporting you (and only if absolutely necessary).

Emergency departments

An Emergency department (also known as A&E or casualty) deals with genuine life-threatening emergencies, such as:

loss of consciousness

acute confused state and fits that are not stopping

chest pain

breathing difficulties

severe bleeding that cannot be stopped

severe allergic reactions

severe burns or scalds


major trauma and accidents such as a road traffic accident

Read NHS First Aid advice for emergency situations including CPR, stroke, choking, burns, heavy bleeding, fractures and more.

Get to your nearest Emergency Department or call 999 for an ambulance if you need immediate help

Conquest Hospital – The Ridge, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN37 7RD

Eastbourne District General Hospital – Kings Drive, Eastbourne, BN21 2UD

What to expect at an Emergency Department

We try to see patients in time order, but patients who are more critically ill or injured may be seen before you. We are often very busy on evenings, weekends and during winter. During these times, if your condition is not life-threatening, it is common to wait a few hours for treatment.

It may not always look busy in the waiting area. A lot of the medical help we give happens away from where you are waiting. When we have patients who are seriously ill or injured, and who may have arrived by ambulance, you won’t be able to see that we are busy.

We know that waiting is horrible, especially if you are worried, in pain or unwell. We will give you pain relief as soon as possible and see you as soon as we can.

Refreshments are available from vending machines in our hospitals. However, you may want to bring a bottle of water, snack and warm clothing with you if you have time to do this.

Emergency Department Consultants

Mr Mohammed Alam

Consultant - Emergency Medicine

Mr Zeki Atesli

Consultant - Emergency Medicine

Dr Waseem Chisti

Locum Consultant - Emergency Medicine

Dr Paul Cornelius

Consultant - Emergency Medicine

Dr Shaymau Habeeb

Consultant - Emergency Medicine

Dr Omar Imtiaz

Locum Consultant - Emergency Medicine

Dr Amith Kumar

Locum Consultant - Emergency Medicine

Mr Uthamalingam Shanker

Consultant - Emergency Medicine

Mr Salim Shubber

Consultant - Emergency Medicine

Dr Anna Stubbs

Consultant - Emergency Medicine

Dr Emma Thorpe

Consultant - Emergency Medicine

Dr Danielle Vidler

Consultant - Emergency Medicine

Mr Ghassan Youssef

Consultant - Emergency Medicine