Emergency department

Overview

A&E departments are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to treat people with serious and life threatening emergencies.

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Our emergency departments

The trust has two emergency departments (also known as A&E and the ED), one at Barnet Hospital and another at the Royal Free Hospital. Both EDs provide treatment for patients who require immediate care, either as a result of an accident or in a medical or surgical emergency. The department is staffed by skilled medical and nursing staff with specific training in emergency care 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Patients can access these services either directly, by GP referral or, if necessary, by ambulance.

As well as providing emergency care, both hospitals have a dedicated children's A&E staffed by paediatric consultants and nurses, and a clinical decision unit for patients who need short-stay observations and review.

We aim to provide all relevant services in a timely manner and we constantly strive to meet the Government's aim to have all treatment provided within four hours. Occasionally we are extremely busy and may not manage this. If this occurs we ask for your understanding and patience. We will always treat patients in the order of clinical need.

Our urgent care centres

Urgent care centres treat urgent but not life-threatening injuries and illnesses such as sprains and strains, broken bones, minor burns and scalds, minor head and eye injuries, bites and stings.

The urgent care centre at Chase Farm Hospital is open 8am to 10pm every day, staffed by GPs and emergency nurse practitioners. Find out more.

Other local urgent and emergency care providers

Our services may not be the closest to you. Take a look at our list of local urgent and emergency care providers for alternative services that you may wish to consider. 

Patient services

Additional information

Contact

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  • Barnet Hospital

    Wellhouse Lane 
    Barnet 
    EN5 3DJ

    Patient and GP enquiries: 0845 111 4000

    Urgent care: 020 8216 4600

  • Royal Free Hospital

    Pond Street
    London
    NW3 2QG

    Patient and GP enquiries: 020 7794 0500 ext 33379

    Urgent care: 020 7794 0500

Referrals

Referral details

Patients can access these services either directly as a walk in, by GP referral or by ambulance. If attending Barnet Hospital or the Royal Free Hospital with minor injury or illness, please present to the emergency department (formerly called A&E) where you will be assessed and transferred to an urgent care centre if appropriate.

Once patients have been assessed their care will be prioritised according to their clinical need. They will be directed to the most appropriate team for their care.

Please note that the Marlborough sexual health clinic at the Royal Free Hospital is open daily and is more likely to be appropriate for sexual health problems.

We do not deal with dental emergencies - you should contact your own dentist or visit NHS Choices to find your nearest emergency dentist.

If a patient is not fluent in English it is very helpful if a friend or a member of the family can act as an interpreter for them.

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