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In an emergency

The links below give you information about our emergency services.

Accident and Emergency (A&E) including Children's A&E

Located at The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel Road, Whitechapel, London E1 1BB

The A&E service is a 24-hour, seven day a week walk-in service. This means you do not need to book an appointment.

A comprehensive emergency service is provided including on-site senior accident and emergency staff, triage, nurse practitioners, trauma team, CT scanning, cardiac arrest team, decontamination facilities and specialist opinion from all major specialties. It also has a dedicated children’s A&E department.


A&E reception

020 7377 7781

Children’s A&E reception

020 7377 7000 ext 3918 or 3919 (RLH)

Whitechapel Walk-in Centre

Located next to The Royal London Hospital A&E Department, Whitechapel Road, Whitechapel, London E1 1BB

The Walk-in Centre offers treatment for minor illnesses and injuries. Assessment is by an experienced NHS nurse. They can give advice on how to stay healthy and information on out-of-hours GP and dental services, local pharmacy services and other local health services. No appointment is necessary. Patients are seen on a first come first served basis.

It is open Monday to Friday, 7am-10pm, Saturday,  Sunday and bank holidays 9am-10pm.



020 7943 1333

Minor Injuries Unit (MIU)

Located at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, West Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE

The Minor Injuries Unit is staffed by nurse practitioners. They can treat injuries such as cuts and grazes, broken bones, minor burns and scalds, bites and stings, strains and sprains, minor head injuries, and minor eye or ear problems. If an injury requires a specialist opinion patients can be transferred to the A&E Department at The Royal London Hospital.

It is a walk-in service, so no appointment is needed. Patients are seen in order of urgency. The Minor Injuries Unit is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm. It is closed at weekends and on bank holidays.



020 7601 7780 or 7407

Emergency dental facilities

Located at The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel Road, Whitechapel London E1 1BB

Daytime emergency dental service

The Dental Hospital provides walk-in services for adults and children with a problem requiring urgent attention. No appointment is needed. Patients are seen on a first come first served bases until the clinic is full, so queuing early is essential for non-urgent cases.

Patients with non-urgent problems should contact their own dentist or NHS Direct.

Opening times

  • For adults Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm (except bank holidays)
  • For children Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm (except bank holidays)



020 7377 7000 ext 2054 Royal London Hospital (during opening hours)

The daytime emergency dental service for adults is based on the first floor and for children on the third floor of the Dental Hospital at The Royal London.

The dental Hospital can see and treat a limited number of patients each day. We therefore can not guarantee that everyone turning up at the clinic will be seen that day. The daytime Emergency Dental Clinic is part of the Dental Teaching Hospital so patients are seen by undergraduate students under the supervision of qualified staff.

Evenings, weekends and public holidays emergency dental service

On evenings, weekends and public holidays those with urgent dental problems should call the Emergency Dental Service at the times below.

This emergency dental service is for North East London residents only who need urgent dental treatment when their practice is closed. The North East London area is as follows: City of London, London Borough of Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Waltham Forest

Patients can call the Emergency Dental Service on tel 020 7377 7151 to speak to a dentist for free advice and help finding emergency treatment.

The service is open:

  • Monday to Friday, 6.30pm-10pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 7.30am-3pm
  • Bank holidays, 7.30am-8pm

At all other times, please call NHS Direct on tel 0845 46 47 or visit

Sexual health clinics more information >>

NHS Direct tel 0845 4647 or

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Another option for advice is calling NHS Direct. NHS Direct operates a 24-hour nurse advice and health information service, providing confidential information on:

  • What to do if you or your family are feeling ill
  • Particular health conditions
  • Local healthcare services, such as doctors, dentists or late night opening pharmacies
  • Self help and support organisations.

You can find advice and information from NHS Direct in the following ways:

NHS Direct Online –
NHS Direct Online is a website providing high quality health information and advice. It provides an interactive self-help guide to treating common health problems at home, an A-Z of illnesses and conditions with links to other websites, interactive health quizzes and an online enquiry service, staffed by health information professionals.

NHS Direct telephone service – 0845 46 47
If you need health information or advice at any time of the day or night, on any day of the year, call NHS Direct on 0845 4647. You can ring for nurse advice if you are feeling ill and are unsure what to do, or for health information on a particular condition.

Calls to NHS Direct are charged at BT local rates. Other telephone service providers, including mobile operators, may charge different call rates. All calls are completely confidential. For patient safety, all calls are recorded.

NHS Direct Self Help Guide
Look in the back of your Thomson Local Directory
The NHS Direct Self-help guide covers the most common symptoms which people call NHS Direct about for advice. The NHS Direct Self-help guide contains general information which can be used as the first step to help you decide the best course of action to take when you or your family are not well.