Vale Health Clinic

Back Pain Emergency – Tunbridge Wells


For severe trauma contact: 999

If the illness or injury is life-threatening, don’t hesitate – call 999 straight away

You should contact a GP or 111 if you are experiencing any of these symptoms with your back pain:

  • numbness or tingling around your genitals or buttocks
  • difficulty peeing
  • loss of bladder or bowel control
  • chest pain
  • high temperature
  • unintentional weight loss
  • swelling or a deformity in your back
  • it does not improve after resting or is worse at night
  • started after a serious accident, such as after a car accident
  • the pain is so bad you’re having problems sleeping
  • pain is made worse when sneezing, coughing or pooing
  • the pain is coming from the top of your back, between your shoulders, rather than your lower back

Call NHS 111 when you need medical help fast, but it’s not a 999 emergency

NHS 111 can also arrange an out of hours GP.


Tunbridge Wells Hospital

Address: Tonbridge Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Tunbridge Wells TN2 4QJ

Tel: 01622 729000

Maidstone Hospital

Address: Hermitage Ln, Maidstone ME16 9QQ

Tel: 01622 729000

Minor Injury Units

Crowborough War Memorial Hospital

Addres: Southview Cl, Crowborough TN6 1HB

Tel: 01892 652284

Edenbridge War Memorial Hospital

Address: Mill Hill, Edenbridge TN8 5DA

Tel: 01732 862137

Sevenoaks Hospital

Address: Hospital Rd, Sevenoaks TN13 3PG

Tel: 01732 470200

Uckfield Hospital

Address: Framfield Rd, Uckfield TN22 5AW

Tel: 01825 769999

Back Pain After Care

Chiropractors specialise in assessing, diagnosing and managing conditions of the spine. They are highly trained in finding the cause of pain in the spine. In the UK they undergo a minimum of four years’ full-time training. Importantly, chiropractors are regulated by law and must work within strict professional and ethical boundaries.

Before starting treatment for back pain, a chiropractor will do a full assessment. This will involve taking details about your condition, current health and medical history, and performing a physical examination. Sometimes it may be necessary to refer you for other tests, such as X-rays, MRI scans or blood tests. It is important for your chiropractor to gather as much information about your back pain as possible so that the most precise diagnosis can be made.

Your chiropractor will then explain what is wrong, what can be done and what you can expect from chiropractic treatment.

If your chiropractor does not think you can be helped by chiropractic treatment, you may be referred back to your GP or to another health professional. Chiropractors do not prescribe medication, so if this is needed, you may be referred back to your GP. As chiropractors support a joined-up approach to care, they may ask if they can send a brief report to your GP.

Many people who suffer long-term back pain benefit from regular, supportive chiropractic care to reduce the risk of recurrent episodes.


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