Choosing your hospital - waiting times
If you need to go to hospital you can choose which one you want to be treated at. You may wish to discuss what is best for you with your GP.
One thing to consider is that waiting times vary from hospital to hospital.
The NHS Constitution gives you the right to start your consultant-led treatment within a maximum of 18 weeks, unless you choose to wait longer, or it is clinically appropriate that you wait longer. Read more about the NHS guide to waiting times.
Within your lifetime you – or one of your family members – may need to go to hospital for an operation, treatment or respite.
For the 230,000 people living in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area there are several hospitals.
The largest is the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. This is called an “acute” hospital and has an accident and emergency department if you need it. You can call the James Paget on 01493 452452, write to them at Lowestoft Rd, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR31 6LA or visit their website for more information.
You may need may be offered treatment at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Within the area, there are a number of community hospitals that cater for outpatient appointments or offer care while staying there.
You may also need to go to one of these hospitals for a community service such as a blood test, a physiotherapy session or a speech and language therapy appointment.
The community hospitals in this area are:
Northgate Hospital, Northgate Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 1BU, phone number: 01493 337652
Southwold Hospital, Fieldstile Road, Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6LD, phone number: 01502 723 333
Patrick Stead Hospital, Bungay Road, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 8HP, phone number: 01986 872 124
Beccles Hospital, Saint Mary's Road, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 9NQ, phone number: 01502 719 800
All Hallows Hospital, Station Road, Ditchingham, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 2QL, phone number: 01986 892728