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If you need to go to hospital you can choose which one you want to be treated in. You may wish to discuss which is best for you with your GP. One thing to consider is that waiting times vary from hospital to hospital.

Your rights and waiting times

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.

Your choice 

Within your lifetime you or one of your family members may need to go to the hospital for an operation, treatment or respite. For the 239,500 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. 

You may be offered treatment at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG commission services from a variety of providers, your GP will advise you as to the best option for your treatment, which may include hospitals further away.  

Community Hospitals

Within the area, we have one community hospital which caters for outpatient appointments and offers care while staying there. You may also need to go to one of these types of hospitals for a community service such as a blood test, physiotherapy session or a speech and language therapy appointment. The community hospital in this area is:

Beccles Hospital, Saint Mary's Road, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 9NQ, phone number: 01502 719 800