Our emergency department (A&E) is open as usual
If you are in need of urgent care, please continue to attend.
If you have an emergency call 999.
We understand that you may be concerned about the ongoing coronavirus situation. Read information about coronavirus (COVID-19), including actions we are taking to care for patients and to reduce the risk of spreading the infection.
To reduce the spread of infection, we are currently restricting visitors to our hospital and our community sites. This includes our emergency department. Only one parent or carer should accompany their child. Please avoid bringing siblings, other family or friends.
How to seek help
During the current situation, it can be confusing to know what to do but it is important that you seek help when you need it. Read our guidance to help you to work out how to seek help (PDF 156Kb).
Evelina London has a specialist children's emergency department (A&E) which is part of the emergency floor at St Thomas' Hospital. It is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
A team of specialist doctors and nurses care for children aged 17 and under who have suffered a recent injury or accident, or who have developed a sudden illness. They have access to x-ray and scanning equipment to help assess patients quickly.
A play specialist, youth worker and liaison health visitor also support patients in the department.
Our busy department receives around 24,000 visits from children each year. We aim to diagnose, treat and discharge or admit all children within four hours (in line with national guidance). Children who need further treatment may be admitted to our short stay unit, which is next to the children's emergency department, or to a ward at Evelina London Children's Hospital, if their stay is likely to be longer.
We regularly take part in research – recent projects have included:
- the emergency treatment of seizures
- the treatment of chest infections
Find out more about getting involved in research.
If you need non-urgent medical advice, please call the NHS 24 hour helpline on 111.