Emergency Department (A&E)

The Emergency Department (ED) is open 24-hours a day, every day, to assess and treat patients with critical and life-threatening illnesses and injuries such as chest pain, severe abdominal pain, serious infections, fractures and other injuries.

Emergency Departments (EDs) in Belfast are located at:

A separate Children’s Emergency Department is located at:


How to Access this service

All Emergency Departments provide a walk-in service, however you should only visit ED in the case of real emergencies. Going straight to ED can put the emergency services and hospitals under added pressure and unnecessary use of the service could prevent someone whose condition is more serious from getting immediate treatment.

The three main EDs treat a total of 150,000 patients each year across all three sites.

Service Provided:

  • A 24-hour, seven day a week comprehensive emergency service
  • A 24-hour dedicated children’s Emergency service
  • A Regional Trauma Centre at the Royal Victoria Hospital which accepts trauma transfers from other EDs in Northern Ireland as well as being the Level1 trauma unit for greater Belfast area. Read more about this service.
  • Junior doctors training in Emergency Medicine and other disciplines, providing a major training vehicle for doctors and students in Northern Ireland.
  • Continual clinical service developments including: bedside testing for suspected heart attack or serious clots, analysing the content of arterial blood gas in critically ill patients, fracture reduction using sedation/ biers block and bedside ultrasound to name but a few.