You should visit the emergency department if you ever feel that you need to, but especially if you experience any of the following:
- Unexplained fever, especially if accompanied by drowsiness or skin rashes.
- Unexplained headaches.
- Sport injuries.
- Stroke-like symptoms, including facial or arm weakness and difficulty with speech.
- Symptoms of a heart attack, including sudden, severe pain, chest discomfort or difficulty breathing.
- Severe adbominal pain.
- Excessive bleeding.
- Deep lacerations.
- Poisoning, suspected poisoning or drug overdose.
- Broken bones.
- Serious burns.
- Loss of consciousness.
It's not always easy to decide if an emergency department is where you should be. For serious but not life-threatening conditions, there are other factors that may influence your decision.
If you're ever unsure, seek help and always call 000 in an emergency.