It is scary to think about how long you might have to wait to get help in some of our emergency departments.
If you do think you need to go to A&E, stop and think carefully about whether that is the best course of action, or whether an appointment with your GP or a phone call to the NHS 111 service might be better.
Record numbers of patients are facing long waits in A&Es... Nearly a quarter of patients waited longer than four hours in A&E last week, with just one hospital hitting its target. And huge numbers also faced long waits for a bed when A&E staff admitted them into hospital as emergency cases. There were more than 18,000 "trolley waits" of four hours or more last week. That suggests about one in five patients admitted for further treatment endured one of these long waits on trolleys and in hospital corridors - twice the rate normally seen. Some 485 of them were for more than 12 hours - treble the number seen during the whole of January last year