Accident and emergency medicine in the United Kingdom

Ann Emerg Med. 1999 Jun;33(6):702-9.


This article describes the history and current status of the practice of hospital-based accident and emergency (A&E) medicine in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Included are comments on training and certification, the operations of the typical A&E department, and developments in research and academics. Also included are the authors' thoughts on issues of future importance to A&E medicine. As transatlantic links at all levels become increasingly common in this dynamic specialty, we clarify unfamiliar terminology and practices for international readers.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Certification / organization & administration
  • Consultants
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / organization & administration
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate / organization & administration
  • Emergency Medicine / education*
  • Emergency Medicine / organization & administration*
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency / organization & administration
  • Research / organization & administration
  • United Kingdom