Emergency services 

The Emergency Services Division (ESD) consists of four areas:

  • Emergency Department (ED)
  • Acute Medical Unit (AMU)
  • Emergency Day Unit  
  • and Urgent Treatment Centre

Our ED or Accident and Emergency (A&E) service provides ready access to high-quality nursing and doctor care to patients.

Our Acute Medical Unit (AMU) comprises a 54-bed unit located on Floor 1 of the tower at University College Hospital (UCH).  Its primary role is to provide rapid assessment, diagnosis, stabilisation, observation and early treatment of patients from the ED and GPs irrespective of their underlying diagnosis.

Our Emergency Day Unit (EDU) is located on Ground Floor of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing (EGA) at UCH. Its role is to ensure provision of a high quality day service to assess and manage adult medical conditions and providing same day access to urgent assessment and treatment, avoiding the need for admission to hospital.

Our Clinical Decision Unit (CDU) is also located on Ground Floor of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing (EGA) at UCH. CDU is part of the Emergency Department and is a short stay admissions area

Please note

On 22 February 2016 we changed how we provide emergency care at UCLH. These changes have been introduced to improve patients’ experience, to make sure they are seen quickly by the right clinician and to improve outcomes.

The changes include:

1. New clinical pathways for the emergency department
Patients in the emergency department are now in one of  three different areas according to their need:

  • Acute assessment area
  • Acute care area
  • Urgent treatment centre.

2. A new emergency floor
Based on the ground floor of the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing, and next to the emergency department, the emergency floor has two components:

  • An Emergency Day Unit (EDU) for medically expected patients, referred for specialist review by their GP, and patients referred by the emergency department for medical specialist advice
  • A Clinical Decision Unit (CDU) – this has been relocated and made bigger.


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