Emergency

What we do

Our Emergency Department (ED) is open to anyone who needs emergency care because of a serious illness or accident.

Your GP may refer you to the ED because you need urgent assessment and treatment that they are unable to provide in the community, for conditions such as a suspected stroke or appendicitis. They may give you a letter, which you should hand to the triage nurse who decides how serious your condition is and how quickly you need to be seen.

When you arrive here you will be assessed by a senior nurse. You may have tests or investigations and be seen and treated by other nurses and doctors.

We may refer you to a specialty at King’s or we may ask you to see your GP for follow-up care. For example, if you have broken a bone you may be referred to the orthopaedic team (bone specialists) to be seen in the fracture clinic.

Many people can go straight home after treatment, but we may admit you to a ward at King’s or transfer you to another hospital for care, if necessary.

Find out more about coming to King’s ED for emergency treatment.

Opt-out HIV testing
Anyone who requires a blood test will be screened for HIV. If you do not wish to be tested for HIV, please alert the clinicians who are treating you. Our HIV screening in ED poster explains more about why we are offering HIV screening and this is displayed around the Emergency Department. Anyone who tests positive will be informed and referred to our dedicated HIV department for support and treatment.

Is ED the right place for me to go for care?
We only treat conditions that need urgent assessment and treatment. If your condition is not an emergency – for example, you have been suffering from a medical problem for more than 48 hours or have a long-standing illness or health problem – do not come to King’s ED because it is not the best place for you to get care.

Your other options

  • GP surgery: Make an appointment to see your GP. You can find one online at NHS Choices.
  • Guy's Hospital Urgent care centre: For a range of minor injuries and urgent medical problems. Guy's Urgent care centre is next to London Bridge station. Open 8am - 8pm, seven days a week, tel 020 3049 8970.
  • South East London Doctors' Co-operative (SELDOC): You can get urgent medical care when your GP surgery is closed, including weekends, bank holidays and public holidays. If you feel you cannot wait until your surgery re-opens and you live in Lambeth, Southwark or Lewisham, contact SELDOC, the out-of-hours GP service, tel 020 8693 9066.
  • NHS 111: For health advice and reassurance about what to next, call NHS 111. The service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

Location

Ground floor, Denmark Wing, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS

Contact Details

  • King's College Hospital switchboard: +44 (0)20 3299 9000

Patient Information Leaflets

Conditions we treat

We treat only acute emergency conditions and injuries such as suspected stroke and appendicitis.

What is required before referring a patient

If possible, please provide the patient with a referral letter. This should contain the following information:

General

  • Referral date

About the patient

  • Relevant medical details – ie current and past medical problems, medication, biochemical results
  • Reason for referral
  • Patient’s full name
  • NHS number
  • King’s hospital number (or whether the patient has attended King’s before)
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Full address, including postcode
  • Home and telephone mobile phone numbers indicating the patient’s preferred contact number
  • Email address (if they have one)
  • Please tell us if the patient does not have a phone or if there is a carer/advocate we should be liaising with
  • Please tell us if the patient needs an interpreter/advocate/other special assistance

About the GP/GDP

  • Full name and address of referring GP/GDP and practice name including email address and phone number.
  • Full name and address of registered GP/GDP practice including email address and phone number.

Booking a patient at King's

Routine Referrals

We deal with emergencies only.

GPs managing and referring acutely unwell medical patients can call the King's TALK service phoneline to discuss rapid outpatient review, and for clinical advice or admission avoidance. Phone 020 3299 6613 and select:

  • Option 1: Geriatric Medicine - available 24/7
  • Option 2: Acute General Medicine - available Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm (not available on bank holidays)
  • Option 3: Paediatric Consultant - available Monday-Friday, 8.30am-10.00pm; Saturday, Sunday and bank (public) holidays, 8.30am-5.00pm.

Emergency Referrals

Where possible, please provide emergency patients you refer here with a referral letter.

GPs managing and referring acutely unwell medical patients can call the King's TALK service phoneline to discuss rapid outpatient review, and for clinical advice or admission avoidance. Phone 020 3299 6613 and select:

  • Option 1: Geriatric Medicine - available 24/7
  • Option 2: Acute General Medicine - available Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm (not available on bank holidays)
  • Option 3: Paediatric Consultant - available Monday-Friday, 8.30am-10.00pm; Saturday, Sunday and bank (public) holidays, 8.30am-5.00pm.

Key Clinical Staff

Name Job Title
Dr Arnold Abraham GP
Dr Mamoun Abu-Habsa Consultant
Mrs Adebowale Adebowale BMS
Dr Romila Bahl Emergency Medicine Consultant
Dr Farooq Baig Locum Consultant
Dr Rachel Baqai GP
Dr Jacqui Butler Emergency Medicine & Major Trauma Consultant
Dr Jacqui Butler ED Lead for Mental Health
Dr Jacqui Butler Joint Lead for Frequent Attenders & Adult Safeguarding
Dr Simon Calvert Consultant
Dr Fleur Cantle Consultant
Miss Beth Cole Emergency Department Laboratory Technician
Mr Darren Darby ANP Paediatric Resuscitation
Mr Clyve Davis-Turner Modern Matron, ENP & tACP
Mr Hannah Eastman senior staff nurse
Mr Murray Ellender GP
Mr Will Ellis Emergency Department Technician
Dr Graham Fleming Consultant
Miss Katie Gladman Trauma Nurse Coordinator
Dr Ed Glucksman Emergency Medicine Consultant / Clinical Director for Medicine
Dr Karen Goodfellow Lead GP UCC
Mrs Helen Gordon enp
Dr Tristan Griffiths Consultant Emergency Medicine
Dr Liz Hobbs Emergency medicine consultant
Ms Lucy Hooton nurse
Mr Robiul Hoque Emergency Medicine Consultant
Mr Christine Hymers Emergency Medicine Consultant
Mr Mohammed Ikram Consultant
Miss Asia Iqbal Senior Biomedical Scientist & EDT Lead
Dr Cara Jennings Consultant
Mr Yasmin Kapadia Emergency medicine consultant
Dr Jeff Keep Emergency Medicine Consultant
Mr Joe Kelly Trauma Nurse Co-ordinator
Ms Emma Kerr Matron
Dr Lalarukh Khan Emergency Medicine Consultant
Dr Chris Lacy Consultant in Emergency Medicine & Major Trauma
Ms Lorrie Lawton Consultant Nurse - Emergency Medicine
Mr Maxence Legout Emergency Care Practitioner
Mr Udo Marquardt Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Ms Kirstin McAulay Mental health liaison team leader
Dr Katie McLeod EM/Paeds EM Consultant
Dr Oliver Mizzi Consultant in Emergency Medicine
Mrs haj Mohammad laboratory technician
Dr Hayette Moussaoui Senior Clinical Fellow
Mr George Nada Emergency Medicine Consultant
Dr Simin Nikou Locum ED Consultant
Dr Cyril Noel locum Consultant
Mrs Carole Olding Lead Nurse for Trauma
Dr Kamile Ozcan GP
Mr Haval Ozgun Lead EMT/ Team Laeder
Dr Sofia Rahman Consultant
Dr Rekha Rana BMS
Dr Firas Sa'adedin Consultant in Emergency Medicine
Mrs Michelle Sayers-Jones Modern Matron Paediatric Emergency Department
Dr Sinead Scullion Consultant in Emergency Medicine
Dr Ian Stell Consultant in Emergency Medicine
Dr Emer Sutherland Emergency Medicine Consultant
Miss Jane Tippett Nurse Consultant
Dr Malcolm Tunnicliff Clinical Director for Emergency and Acute Medicine
Dr Malcolm Tunnicliff Consultant in Emergency Medicine
Ms Yolande Wall Emergency Nurse Practitioner
Mrs Lynne Watkins Hulme Head Of Nursing Emergency Department Urgent Care