Our emergency department at Barnet Hospital (also known as A&E) provides ready access to emergency nursing and medical care.

Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 


Where possible, we ask that each patient only has one family member or friend with them.


  • Critically unwell patients, including those who are dying.
  • Patients with cognitive impairment or chronic confusion may need extra support.
  • Patients with learning difficulties or additional needs may need extra support.

Royal Free Hospital A&E (emergency department)

Urgent treatment centre

Opening times: 8am to midnight every day.

The urgent treatment centre (UTC) is to the right of the main hospital entrance as you walk in, past Costa Coffee. Hospital security staff will help direct you. 

The UTC is open from 8am to midnight every day. Minor injuries are seen from 8am onwards. However, minor illnesses are seen by GPs, who start at 10am. 

Outside of these hours, an adult with a minor injury or illness will be given an appointment to attend the UTC the following day.

All children attending at any time of the day should continue to check in at the emergency department, which is located at the back of the hospital. They will be assessed by a triage nurse, but may be moved to the UTC afterwards if appropriate.

All patients over the age of 16 who visit our emergency departments at either Barnet Hospital or the Royal Free Hospital and require a blood test, will also be tested for HIV, hepatitis B and C. 

This is in line with guidance from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and NHS England. It is part of the government’s commitment to reducing HIV transmission to zero by 2030.

If you do not wish to be screened for these conditions when you attend one of our emergency departments, please let a member of staff know. This will not affect the care you receive from us.

Children and young people’s emergency department

All patients under the age of 16 are seen in the paediatric emergency department (A&E), which is accessed via the adult emergency department entrance. Patients 16 or older will be seen in the adult emergency department.

We have designed the departments and their equipment especially for children. This helps reduce a child’s anxiety in an emergency. 

We are equipped to handle any child or adolescent medical emergency, including critical emergencies.


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