Accident & Emergency

If you need emergency treatment for an accident or illness, we have a special Paediatric Emergency Department (PED) at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital for children and young people aged 16 or under. Patients who are over 16 will go to our adult emergency department (A&E), located at the Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI).

Emergency treatment is available to anybody, 24 hours a day, seven days a week - the emergency departments never close. Our most senior doctors (consultants) have a great deal of experience in treating a wide range of patients. Young people come to the PED with anything from a broken arm to a very serious condition such as kidney failure.

You may need an X-ray, blood tests, or other investigations to find out what is wrong with you. Both departments have access to 24 hour services so we can deal with your illness or injury in a timely manner. If you need to see another specialist we will try and organise that from the Emergency Department. The relevant specialist may then come and see you in the department, or arrange for you to be seen in another area either on that day or at a later arranged time. If you are seen in the PED the specialist will know how to deal with children and young people's problems, likewise if you are seen in the adult department.

In some situations, after receiving your emergency treatment, you may need to spend some time in hospital. This can either be in the children's hospital, MRI, the eye hospital, or St Mary's, depending on the problem you have. If you are under 16 you will be admitted to the children's hospital only. Or you may be able to go home after a few hours, coming back as an outpatient for further treatment from us or going to see your family doctor or practice nurse.

There are 13 consultants who work in the Trust's emergency departments, and eight of them look after both children and adults. Working alongside the consultants are teams of doctors and nurses - we have six doctors who specialise in treating children and 16 who look after adults, plus junior doctors who look after both children and adults as part of their training. There are at least 80 nurses across both emergency departments.