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Emergency care

We provide emergency care for our local communities across north east London and beyond. Our patients come first, and every year we care for more than 300,000 emergency patients.

Should I go to A&E?

Should I attend A&E?

Please visit when to go to A&E. If you are not sure and need further advice, check your symptons online or call NHS 111.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, call 111 and choose option 2.

It's important that you don't delay seeking treatment when you need it. With access to the very latest therapies and treatments, and some of Britain's leading specialists, we are ready to care for you and your loved ones. 




Where to find us


We have three departments across north east London

Where to find us

The Royal London Hospital (Tower Hamlets)

  • Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1FR

Newham Hospital (Newham)

  •  Glen Rd, London E13 8SL

Whipps Cross Hospital (Waltham Forest)

  • Whipps Cross Rd, London E11 1NR


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Visiting a minor injuries unit

If you have a minor illness or injury and it cannot wait until your GP is open you can visit one of our minor injuries unit or urgent treatment centres. Find out if you should visit

Urgent treatment centres

  • Newham Hospital. Open daily from 8am-11pm.
  • The Royal London Hospital. Open 24 hours daily and is located in Clinic 1 at the The Royal London Hospital’s Cavell Entrance on Stepney Way. 
  • Whipps Cross Hospital. Open 24 hours daily and is located on the hospital main corridor at Junction 5.

Minor injuries unit

  • St Bartholomew’s is open from Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm. It is located in Kenton and Lucas block of the hospital.
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Additional needs

For adults and young patients with additional needs attending A&E can be overwhelming. When you arrive please inform reception and your treatment team of any additional needs so that we can support you exactly how you need.

Our A&E at The Royal London Hospital is the first in London to be accredited by the National Autistic Society.

We know that A&E is a noisy, bright, unpredictable and highly stimulating environment. As a department we welcome all adults with additional needs, and our staff are keen to support and champion all.

We will do our best to place patients with additional needs in spaces where light and noise can be more controlled, although sometimes there may be a delay in identifying and making this space available when we are very busy.

For information on disabled access to A&E please visit:

Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC)

Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC)

SDEC provides same day specialist care for emergency patients, without admitting them to a hospital bed. 

You may be referred to SDEC when you attend A&E, or sent by your GP or an ambulance. SDEC is available at Newham, Whipps Cross, and The Royal London Hospital.