Accident and emergency departments should be used when someone is seriously ill or injured.

Examples of medical emergencies include:

  • loss of consciousness
  • acute confused state
  • fits that are not stopping
  • persistent, severe chest pain
  • breathing difficulties
  • severe bleeding that cannot be stopped
  • severe allergic reactions
  • severe burns or scalds

A&E departments are not an alternative to a GP appointment. If your GP practice is closed you can get expert medical advice and useful information by calling NHS 111.


A&E is for emergencies only

A&E departments are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


The list of local A&E departments can be found below:


University Hospital Lewisham A&E

Lewisham High St, London SE13 6LH

Tel: Adults A&E 020 8333 3042/3043
Childrens A&E 020 8333 3138



Queen Elizabeth Hospital A&E

Stadium Rd, Woolwich, London SE18 4QH

Tel: 020 8836 6000



Kings College Hospital A&E

Denmark Hill, Brixton, London SE5 9RS

Tel: 020 3299 9000



St Thomas’ Hospital A&E

Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7EH

Tel: 020 7188 7188



Princess Royal University Hospital

Farnborough Common, Orpington, Kent BR6 8ND

Tel: 01689 863486



Eye Casualty

The eye A&E team offers emergency treatment for urgent, sight-threatening problems.

These include:

  • Chemical injuries to the eye – always wash the eye out for 10-15 minutes before attending A&E
  • Sudden loss of vision
  • Sudden onset of a painful red eye
  • Injury to the eye.

The nearest eye A&E is located at Moorfields Eye Hospital, 162 City Road, London EC1V 2PD

Tel: 020 7253 3411