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Emergency Department

What we do

The emergency department at the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI), the main teaching hospital in Bristol, serves the centre, south and northwest of the city, sees over 75,000 a year. Within the department, there are over 250 members of staff in the team.

Patients are cared for in several areas:

  • Fast flow is where minor injuries and non-life threatening conditions are treated.
  • Majors is where unwell patients with a variety of illnesses, often brought to the hospital by ambulance are cared for.
  • Two resuscitation rooms are used for the assessment and treatment of our sickest patients who require immediate help for their life-threatening emergencies.
  • We also have an observation ward.

A dedicated children's emergency department providing emergency care in a child friendly environment is located next to the adult service and offers separate facilities for patients under the age of 16.

Location: A333 - level 3. 

Referral information clinicians 

Audio guides to the Bristol Royal Infirmary emergency department

In partnership with the Bristol Sight Loss Council, we have developed a series of audio guides to help improve accessibility for blind or visually impaired people visiting the emergency department. 

The guides describe what you will find during a visit and provide step-by-step instructions on how to make your way around the department and its facilities. Listen to the guides.