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Emergency Departments (A&E)

The Emergency Department (ED) is also often referred to as Accident and Emergency (A&E).

The Oxford University Hospitals has emergency departments at the John Radcliffe Hospital and Horton General Hospital. Both are open 24 hours a day.

Please use our switchboard number if you need to call our hospitals: 0300 304 7777

The John Radcliffe Hospital has a dedicated Children's Emergency Department:

  • The Children's Emergency Department is also open 24 hours a day.

Dental emergencies

Please note, the Emergency Departments do not treat dental emergencies.

Call 01865 337267 / 0800 113 824 to find your local NHS dentist or for details of the Dental Access Centres.

Only call these numbers if you have a dental emergency.

Dental Access Centres

These are for patients who do not have a dentist or who have a dental emergency.

  • Mondays to Fridays 8.30am - 4.30pm
    The opening hours at some of the smaller clinics may vary so please check first.
  • Referral Centre and Salaried Dental Service: 01869 604040

Out of Hours dentistry service

  • Please phone 0845 345 8995 for this service
    Monday to Thursday 6.30pm - 9.30pm
    Friday 6.30pm - 10.00pm
    Weekends 9.00am - 1.00pm and 2.00pm - 6.00pm
    Bank Holiday weekends 9.00am - 5.00pm and 6.00pm - 9.00pm

The service is for emergencies only and all calls are triaged by a dental nurse before any appointments are made.

Medical students

The John Radcliffe Hospital is a teaching hospital, which means that medical or nursing students may be involved in your care. If you would prefer students not to be present during your treatment, please let our staff know. Your decision will not affect the care that we give you.

Coming to A&E

  • John Radcliffe Hospital Emergency Department reception: 01865 220208 / 01865 220209

On arrival please go to reception and tell them:

  • your name and address
  • your date of birth
  • why you are here
  • the name of your GP.

Minor injuries

We will give you your paperwork and show you the way to the Nurse Assessment Area. Please wait in the waiting room. The nurse will ask you about the reason for your visit to the Emergency Department.

Patients are prioritised depending on the severity of their condition. This means that some patients who arrive later than you may be seen by the Doctor before you are. After your assessment, please take a seat in the waiting room, where waiting times are displayed.

Major injuries

Please take a seat and a nurse will come and call for you. Please wait in your cubicle for a doctor to come and see you or for your tests to be done.

Tests include:

  • X-rays
  • blood tests
  • electrocardiograms (ECGs)
  • urine tests
  • blood pressure tests.

After your tests, please take a seat in the waiting room again to wait for the results. Some results come back quicker than others; blood test results may take up to two hours.

Treatment and medicines

The Doctor or Nurse Practitioner will look at the results of your tests. If you need treatment from a specialist, they will be called from elsewhere in the hospital. If you don't need to see a specialist, the Emergency Department staff will give you help and advice. You may have to come back to a clinic, or go to your GP for follow-up care.

If you have been prescribed medication to take home with you, you will need to go to the Pharmacy. Each prescription costs £8.60, unless you have a valid exemption certificate.

We are not usually able to provide transport for our patients to get home. It is best to contact a friend or relative to collect you, or call a taxi if possible.


  • Clinical Lead: Larry Fitton
  • Melanie Darwent
  • Peyton Davis
  • Neil Dawson
  • Larry Fitton
  • Lorraine Greasley
  • Phil Hormbrey
  • Tom Hughes
  • Adham Khalek
  • Lois Brand
  • Sachin Mandalia
  • Syed Masud
  • Ross Moy
  • Alex Novak
  • Ravi Pattanshetty
  • Rick Pullinger
  • James Ray
  • Simon Smith
  • Jon Walker

Find us

John Radcliffe Hospital

The Emergency Department at the John Radcliffe Hospital is to the left as you come up the main drive from Headley Way.

Horton General Hospital

The Emergency Department at the Horton General Hospital is next to the main entrance off Hightown Road.