A&E (children)

Reminder about restricted attendance in our Emergency Departments (A&E) at this time

Reminder about restricted attendance in our Emergency Departments (A&E)

At this time we need to restrict the number of people in our Emergency Departments (including waiting areas and clinical areas) for everyone's safety. Therefore, only one parent, carer, translator, or guardian can accompany each patient in our children’s A&E departments. If a patient is admitted to a ward area, the restrictions within that specific area will apply.  

What we do

We were one of the first hospitals in London to develop a 24/7 specialist children’s emergency care department, which has since grown to become one of the largest units of its kind. We provide emergency care for children every year, treating a range of cases from minor injuries to major medical problems, surgical emergencies and trauma. 98% of children we see are either sent home or admitted to Chelsea Children’s Hospital or West Middlesex University Hospital within four hours of arriving in A&E.

At Chelsea and Westminster, children with a minor injury or other non-life threatening condition will be assessed by one of our specialist nurses or GPs within our Urgent Care Centre (UCC)—you will be shown on arrival where the UCC is located. We know it can be very difficult when a child is unwell and we offer the best possible support and treatment for children and their families, whether they require admission to hospital or if their condition can be managed at home. All children will be assessed (triaged) by a paediatric nurse on arrival and will then be seen by medical staff in priority order, which is not necessarily in the order of arrival.

At West Middlesex, our Accident and Emergency (A&E) provides emergency care for children from day one of life until their 16th birthday, treating accidents, injuries and illnesses of all levels. Children will be triaged by a paediatric nurse and seen by a member of the medical team. The urgent care department at West Middlesex is run by Greenbrook and work separately to our children’s A&E. 

Our team

Our children’s A&E team at Chelsea and Westminster is led by Dr Helen Raeside, Clinical Director, who is supported by nurses, paediatric nurse practitioners and doctors, including paediatric emergency care consultants.

At West Middlesex, our children’s A&E is made up of emergency consultant paediatricians, paediatric nurses, paediatric nurse practitioners and a paediatric matron. 


We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In event of an emergency, please dial 999 immediately.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

The A&E department is located to the right of the main hospital entrance and has its own separate entrance, which is clearly signposted. Staff at A&E reception will direct patients to the separate children's A&E area.

T: 020 3315 8600

West Middlesex University Hospital 

The A&E department is located on the Ground Floor—we have a dedicated area for children with receptions who will direct you where to go.

T: 020 8321 5741


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