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Emergency Department

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 will decide which area of our department is the most appropriate for your condition 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.

We also run an Urgent Treatment Centre at King’s College Hospital. This is run in partnership with Totally plc.

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

  • NHS 111 First: For health advice and reassurance about what to do, call NHS 111. The service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
  • GP surgery: Make an appointment to see your GP. You can find one online on the NHS website.
  • 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.


Ground floor, Denmark Wing, King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS

Contact Details

  • King’s College Hospital Emergency Department Friends and Family line: +44 (0)20 3299 7919
  • King’s College Hospital switchboard: +44 (0)20 3299 9000

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:


  • 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 can phone King’s to discuss and refer acutely unwell patients. For more information see our page about managing and referring acutely unwell patients.

Emergency Referrals

Where possible, give patients a referral letter when you refer them here.

GPs can phone King’s to discuss and refer acutely unwell patients. For more information see our page about managing and referring acutely unwell patients.

Key Clinical Staff

Name Role
Dr Arnold Abraham GP
Dr Mamoun Abu-Habsa Consultant
Mrs Adebowale Adebowale BMS
Dr Tashfeen Siddiq Ali Consultant
Dr Lalarukh Asim Emergency Medicine Consultant
Dr Romila Bahl Emergency Medicine Consultant
Dr Farooq Baig Consultant
Dr Ben Balogun -Ojuri ED Consultant
Dr Rachel Baqai GP
Dr Jacqui Butler Emergency Medicine and Major Trauma Consultant
Dr Simon Calvert Consultant
Dr Fleur Cantle Consultant
Dr Joshua Edward Clough Consultant
Miss Beth Cole Emergency Department Laboratory Technician
Mr Clyve Davis-Turner Modern Matron, ACP & ENP
Dr Matt Edwards Consultant EM + PEM
Dr Salahi Engin SCF
Dr Graham Fleming Consultant
Dr Ed Glucksman Emergency Medicine Consultant / Clinical Director for Medicine
Mrs Helen Gordon enp
Dr Liz Hobbs Emergency medicine consultant
Ms Lucy Hooton nurse
Mr Robiul Hoque Emergency Medicine Consultant
Mr Christine Hymers Emergency Medicine Consultant
Mr Ahsen Ikram Consultant
Miss Asia Iqbal Senior Biomedical Scientist, Lead Emergency Departmant Lead and POCT Coordinator
Dr Cara Jennings Consultant
Mr Mike Jones GP
Mr Yasmin Kapadia Emergency medicine consultant
Dr Jeff Keep Emergency Medicine Consultant
Mr Joe Kelly Trauma Nurse Co-ordinator
Ms Emma Kerr Matron
Dr Chris Lacy Consultant in Emergency Medicine & Major Trauma
Mr Maxence Legout Senior Emergency Care Practitioner
Ms Kirstin McAulay Mental health liaison team leader
Dr Katie McLeod EM/Paeds EM Consultant
Dr Rachael Mitchell Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine
Dr Oliver Mizzi Consultant in Emergency Medicine & Major Trauma
Dr Hayette Moussaoui Senior Clinical Fellow
Mr George Nada Emergency Medicine Consultant
Dr Simin Nikou Consultant in Emergency Medicine
Dr Cyril Noel locum Consultant
Mrs Carole Olding Lead Nurse for Major Trauma
Dr Kamile Ozcan GP
Mr Haval Ozgun Lead EMT/ Team Laeder
Mx Honour Racz Emergency Nurse Practitioner
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 Larissa Schenk Senior Clinical Fellow
Mr Bettina Schoenberger GP
Dr Sinead Scullion Consultant in Emergency Medicine
Mrs Maria Simoes Batista Team Leader/Senior Sister/Charge Nurse
Dr Ruth Sneep Clinical Fellow
Dr Ian Stell Consultant in Emergency Medicine
Dr Emer Sutherland Clinical Director for Emergency Medicine
Dr Libby Thomas Consultant
Miss Jane Tippett Consultant Nurse
Dr Malcolm Tunnicliff Consultant in Emergency Medicine & Major Trauma
Dr Eyston Vaughan-Huxley Consultant in Emergency Medicine