Same-day Emergency Care: WH

NCL Wide

Service update: January 2022

Quick access advice and guidance on ambulatory care is available by phone during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Ambulatory Care service offers same-day care to patients with acute medical conditions. Its role is to provide same-day access to urgent assessment and treatment avoiding the need for admission to hospital, for ambulant patients and those needing inpatient style care. The service is not pathway or condition led to ensure that all patients can be considered. All patients must be referred and clinically accepted by the ambulatory care team.

For deep vein thrombosis (DVT), depending on capacity in clinic and the time of day, a decision will be made on whether the patient can be seen in Same-Day Emergency Care or the Emergency Department for the primary investigations.

Eligibility Criteria


  • adults needing emergency care, referred by their GP


  • patients who do not need urgent or emergency care

How to Refer

SDEC Consultant

Whittington Health ambulatory care consultant

t: 020 7288 5940 (8am-10pm weekdays, 8am-8pm weekends)
Weekdays: no new patients after 7pm
Weekends: no new patients after 5pm

Out of hours
t: 020 7272 3070  (ask for ambulatory care consultant)

Ambulatory Care Centre (Adults)

To refer to the service, please call 07775 117 679 to speak to the ambulatory care consultant.

Out of hours
t: 020 7272 3070 (ask for ambulatory care consultant)

If accepted, they will usually ask you to send the patient on the day to the ambulatory care centre. If clinically appropriate, they may ask the patient to attend the next day.

General Services

Adult Safeguarding

Child Safeguarding

Community Services

Navigating Self-Care

Urgent & Emergency Care for Adults

Urgent & Emergency Care for Children

Review date: Thursday, 15 June 2023