Sheffield Childrens NHS Foundation Trust

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Emergency Department

Emergency Department

Welcome to the Emergency Department (ED), also known as Accident and Emergency (A&E).

We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We provide emergency care for more than 52,000 children every year, up to the age of 16, with a range of illnesses and injuries.

Treating injury and illness

Our doctors and nurses specialise in the resuscitation and treatment of seriously injured or ill children and we are a designated Major Trauma Centre for children.

We also treat less serious conditions but there are usually better settings for your child to be seen in if they are not seriously unwell.

Consider self care, consulting a pharmacist, seeing your own GP, calling 111, or going to the Walk-in Centre on Broad Lane.

These details are in Choose Well on page 23 of your child’s Red Book. If you are seriously concerned about your child and these options are not open to you, come to the Emergency Department or call 999.

What happens in the Emergency Department

On arriving at the Emergency Department, children are booked in by our reception staff. Children are then evaluated by our triage nurse, who will assess your child's condition and decide on the urgency of their condition.

Children are then assessed by doctors or emergency nurse practitioners in order of medical priority. Waiting times can be significant in the late evenings and at weekends and it is worth bearing this in mind when you make choices about where to seek healthcare advice.

Most children are discharged home after assessment in the ED. Sometimes we need to admit children to a ward for ongoing treatment and sometimes we arrange clinic appointments, such as fracture clinic or eye clinic.

We have ten consultants who lead a team of doctors within the ED. Our team includes junior doctors, nurses and emergency nurse practitioners who can treat children with minor injuries.

Medical students are often in the ED and may see you or your child as part of your visit.

Download: Your journey through the Emergency Department poster


Bactigras dressing
Diarrhoea and vomiting
Drug and alcohol support
Duoderm dressing
Head injury advice
Limping child
Managing a feverish child
Mepitel dressings
Nose injury
Paracetamol and its use
Skin glue
Sprained ankle advice
Steristrip dressing
Useful information for families attending A&E or GP Referral Unit
Using paracetamol and ibuprofen to manage a child's fever at home
Where to go when my child is unwell or injured
Your journey through the Emergency Department

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Advice about a range of common childhood problems has been translated into Roma Slovak and is available as sound recordings and PDFs.

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