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Children’s A&E

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Children's A&E

Our dedicated children’s accident and emergency department is open between 8am and midnight, seven days a week.  It is located in Ormskirk hospital, where children under the age of 16 are seen.

The department is staffed by registered children’s nurses, emergency nurse practitioners and children’s doctors. All children brought in are seen directly by a doctor and supervision is given by consultants from both paediatric and emergency medicine backgrounds.

For emergency surgery and trauma, they are assessed and stabilised then sent primarily to intensive care units via the North West and North Wales Transport Service.

Referrals can be made to the Community Children’s Nursing Outreach Team to provide support and care in the home environment if appropriate.

There are weekly ambulatory and medical review clinics by consultant paediatricians to review patients rapidly that are seen in the emergency department. The department has:

  • Fully equipped two-bedded resuscitation area 
  • Achieved 98% emergency access targets ensuring all patients are seen and managed within four hours of attendance.


GPs may refer to the Paediatric Assessment Unit via the paediatric on-call medical team via the hospital switchboard. Patients are seen on a priority of care basis.

Opening hours

Open seven days a week, 8am to midnight. Telephone 01695 656358.

These are restricted, temporary opening hours due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Parents needing urgent medical advice after midnight should call NHS 111​. In an emergency, always call 999. Ambulance patients will be taken directly to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. The hospital’s usual children’s A&E service operates at all other times.​

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