An emergency is generally an injury or condition of acute or sudden onset. This refers in particular to bleeding, severe or increasing pain or a change in the vital signs of life like the level of consciousness or difficulty in breathing. A condition that a patient is suffering from for a long time or is currently on treatment for may take a sudden turn for the worse is also an emergency.
Medical emergencies include:
A non-emergency is generally an old injury or condition, which has been present for a long time. The patient does not require immediate treatment and there is no immediate threat to the patient's life or limb.
Medical Non-Emergencies include:
Non-urgent Obstetrics and Gynaecological cases
Non-urgent ENT Conditions