Dealing with emergency situations in England

Hello everybody,

Dealing with unexpected situations abroad can be a very difficult matter. In order to better help expats and soon-to-be expats in England face such tricky situations, we invite you to share your advice and experience.

What are the key emergency numbers you should know by heart?

In the event of a legal problem, an accident, a natural disaster, an injury or the death of a close family member, what are the first things to do in England?

What are the things to plan ahead in order to better cope with such unexpected situations (registration at the Embassy, transport, medical, comprehensive insurance for instance)?

If you have gone through such experiences in England, do not hesitate to share your story.

Thank you in advance!


I had a life and death emergency two years ago while living in UK. I had an ectopic pregnancy which is a serious condition for the mother and will results in death if not under care in the operating theatre within an hour because it can burst. In my case exactly that happened at home and I started to bleed out internally and we called 112  which is supposed to be in all countries In EU but that didn't work. In the end we learned in was 999.

Once we got a hold of the ambulance they arrived whitin minutes and I was rushed to the ER. Waiting for me at the ER was doctors from litterally every speciality. First in line was OBGYN. It didn't take them long to know the problem as the paramedics had already hinted over the radio, and I was rushed for emergency surgery. I learned I was minutes from bleeding to death.

Even though we have private health insurance through my husbands expat insurance all this was NHS it was was all perfect. They did it all so professional and with such high quality and standard and they really did everything right in aspect in saving my life and the aftercare.

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