Children and young people’s emergency department

Reopening of children and young people’s emergency department at the Royal Free Hospital

The children and young people’s emergency department at the Royal Free Hospital will reopen on  Monday 12 April at 9am.

The emergency department will be open for 24 hours, seven days each week. Anyone aged under 18 needing care for an accident or emergency can visit us. 

If your child needs emergency care before this, please take them to a hospital with a children and young people’s emergency department such as:

  • Barnet Hospital, Wellhouse Lane, EN5 3DJ
  • North Middlesex Hospital, Sterling Way, N18 1QX
  • The Whittington Hospital, Magdala Avenue, N19 5NF
  • St Mary’s Hospital, Praed Street, W2 1NY

The children and young people’s emergency department at University College Hospital is also currently closed and will reopen on Thursday 8 April at 9am.

If you or your child needs urgent medical help or advice, and the situation is not life threatening, visit 111.nhs.uk or call NHS 111 to find out where your nearest service is located. 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.

At the Royal Free Hospital children and young people’s in-patient services will also reopen.


Our emergency department at Barnet Hospital includes a dedicated children and young people's ED, offering accident and emergency care for those aged under 18. We’ve designed the A&E department and its equipment especially for children, to help reduce a child’s anxiety in an emergency situation.

Our ED is staffed by nurses and doctors and they are supported by consultant paediatricians and paediatric nurses. 

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

Urgent referral clinic for paediatric 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 paediatric A&E department, Monday to Friday (except bank holidays) from 9am to 5pm.

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.