Where we look after your child in an emergency in Ealing
To improve children’s care across North West London, there have been changes to some children’s services at Ealing Hospital. On 30 June 2016 the children’s ward at Ealing Hospital closed and ambulances no longer take children to Ealing’s accident and emergency (A&E) department. Ambulances now take children to a hospital with a children's A&E. This is at either: West Middlesex, Hillingdon, Northwick Park, Chelsea and Westminster, or St Mary’s hospitals depending on the child’s needs.
What to do if your child needs urgent care in Ealing
For both physical and mental health needs:
The majority of children's services remain at Ealing Hospital
Our two page leaflet provides quick and easy to print-out summary of the changes.
We have also produced travel information sheets for the five hospitals in North West London with a children's A&E and information on how to travel to Ealing Hospital if you need to access day clinics or the children's urgent treatment centre (UTC).
Ealing Hospital’s urgent treatment centre
The urgent treatment centre (UTC) at Ealing Hospital is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If a child needs more specialist care than the UTC can provide, they will be looked after by doctors and nurses and transferred to another hospital and appropriate transport will be arranged.
What is the difference between urgent and emergency care? – a quick guide
Ealing Hospital’s urgent care centre provides 24/7 urgent care, treating children and adults with minor illnesses and injuries that are urgent but not life-threatening, for example:
If a child needs more specialist care than the urgent care centre can provide, they will be safely transferred to another hospital.
Accident and Emergency departments (A&E) provide emergency care for major, life-threatening illnesses and injuries, which may result in a stay in hospital, for example:
If your child is suffering from any of the above, you should dial 999 immediately for an ambulance.
Note: This is a list of some examples, if your child needs emergency help dial 999.
CAMHS out-of-hours helpline
For out-of-hours advice you can also call the child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) helpline: 0300 1234 244 (open Monday to Friday: 4.30pm to midnight; weekends and bank holidays: 9am to midnight).
This nurse-led service operates throughout Ealing, providing advice, assessment and if needed, emergency intervention.
More information about healthcare services in your local area can be found at www.nhs.uk