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Emergency help for the person you care for

If you care for someone who cannot look after themselves without your support, you may be worried about what you would do and how you would react in an emergency.

There are a number of ways in which you can respond and get the help that you need.


Always keep the phone number for your local GP handy.  Out of normal surgery hours you will be redirected to the out of hours primary care service 6.30pm to 8am during the week and all day at weekends and Bank Holidays.

NHS 111

Phone for medical advice on 111.

Accident & Emergency

Phone Royal Blackburn Hospital on 01254 263555.

Emergency Services

In an emergency, ring 999 for immediate help from the Ambulance, Fire or Police.

Adult Social Care

In an emergency out of normal office hours contact the Out Of Hours Service on 01254 587547. A trained Social Worker will speak to you over the phone to assess the situation and help you to make emergency cover arrangements.

Planning ahead for emergencies

Forward planning can take the 'emergency' out of the situation for you.  The British Red Cross Carers Emergency Card and Message in a Bottle (Data Link) can help you plan ahead.  Click here to find out more.

Useful contacts

Carers Service (Blackburn with Darwen)
Address: Greenhurst Place, Blackburn, BB2 1NA
Phone: 01254 688440
Fax: 01254 688441

You can contact any of the organisations direct but if you are still unsure the Adult Social Care Team will be able to advise you about planning ahead for emergencies. You can contact them from 8.45am to 5pm, Monday to Friday on (01254) 587547. In an emergency out of normal office hours contact the Emergency Duty Team on (01254) 587547.

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