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Imaging Emergency Department



QAH has a busy, modern Emergency Department (ED) which provides a 24-hour emergency service, 365 days a year, and sees around 120,000 patients a year. The department assesses and provides initial treatment to patients who are severely injured or who have developed a serious illness.

Patients may be from the local area or from across the south or passing through on holiday, as QAH provides specialist services for major trauma victims and patients with heart problems, strokes, diabetic and endocrine.

QAH ED has a separate paediatric area where children and young people are treated. The staff for this area includes specially trained paediatric nurses and doctors. The area has ten beds/cubicles, and its own waiting area, toilets and baby changing facilities. The area operates 9am to midnight. At other times children are seen in the main part of the ED department.

The ED Department has:

  • a four-bay resuscitation area for the most seriously ill or injured patients
  • a major illness area which has 19 beds / 3 cubicles/ RAT room
  • a minor injuries area which has 8 cubicles plus an additional waiting area for x-ray
  • See & Treat room
  • an ENT room
  • a eye examination room

Follow-up clinics are held separately for adults and children, and an acute physiotherapy service is available within the department. Please be conscientious that this is an Emergency department therefore if it is not an emergency please contact your GP/out of ours GP or your local walk in centre.


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ED Imaging Department

Our x-ray department is situated in the centre of the ED easily accessible from the ambulance doors, near our newly built resuscitation department, minor injuries unit and along the corridor from our major injuries unit.

We also have a dedicated paediatric unit which has its own waiting area linked from ED reception. As such there is a separate x-ray room for paediatric patients designed to be more approachable and friendly for children of all ages.

The main ED x-ray department consists of two state of the art x-rays rooms side by side separated by our viewing room, which is the ‘hub’ of the imaging department out of hours.

We are equipped to image all injuries and nothing will faze our enthusiastic, quick team of radiographers. The equipment we use is digital which means fewer delays for obtaining results, resulting in faster treatment access and most importantly less delay in patient waiting. In critical cases such as resuscitation department we also have the latest state of the art in digital mobile machine where we can bring the imaging to the patient and reduce delay in diagnosing critical patients.


Xray Rooms

Above images: 2 ED X-ray rooms & a dedicated kids ED X-ray room

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Last updated - 28 October 2014
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