Children and young people’s emergency department

Our emergency departments at Barnet Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital are open for 24 hours, seven days each week. Anyone aged under 18 needing care for an accident or emergency can visit us. 

Children attending our emergency departments are seen by nurses and doctors, who are supported by consultant paediatricians and paediatric nurses. The department is separated from but works alongside our adult emergency departments.

We have designed the departments and their equipment especially for children, to help reduce a child’s anxiety in an emergency situation. We are equipped to handle any child or adolescent medical emergency, including critical emergencies.

If your child needs urgent medical help or advice, and the situation is not life threatening, visit 111.nhs.uk or call NHS 111. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If the situation is life threatening, please dial 999 straight away.

If you have any concerns about the health of your child, please do not delay seeking medical advice.

Visitor guidance

Only one adult will be allowed to accompany a child visiting our emergency departments. For the latest visitor guidance, please click here.

Urgent referral clinic for children and young people emergencies

Children who need to be seen urgently by a paediatrician or consultant can be seen – with a letter of referral from a GP – in the urgent referral clinic in the children and young people’s emergency department, Monday to Friday (except bank holidays) from 9am to 12pm

Your GP must call us to arrange an appointment for your child in the urgent referral clinic either on the same day or the following day.