The accident & emergency department is a hospital service which receives and provides treatment for patients who arrive of their own accord or are brought there by the emergency services (fire, ambulance, paramedic services, etc.).

" Wherever possible consult your GP before going to the A&E department.

The hôpital Foch A&E department cannot receive paediatric emergencies.

The A&E team...

The Hôpital Foch A&E department's services are provided by:


  • 18 fully qualified A&E doctors
  • 30 nurses
  • 3 secretaries


The Hospital's A&E team ensures that the department is open at all times. The minimum department staff presence:


  • 2 A&E doctors
  • 4 night nurses


The organisation of the round-the-clock medical/surgical team, the quality and safety of the care provided, and the professionalism of its medical and nursing staff are regulated and evaluated by the French Healthcare Authority (HAS - Haute Autorité de Santé) as part of its healthcare establishment certification approach.

This regulation and evaluation maintains the degree of patient-care safety and efficiency to the highest level."

How do you know when it is an emergency?

  • The person is unconscious, does not move, does not breathe, is convulsing or displaying abnormal behaviour.
  • The individual is suffocating, sweating, having breathing difficulties (irregular or accelerated breathing) or has stopped breathing.
  • Wounds or bleeding is significant.
  • The victim has suffered a violent trauma (accident, wound, severe burn).
  • The person is having difficulty speaking or is having trouble moving one or more limbs.
  • Intense pain in the chest or abdomen.

In the event of a medical emergency or a need for urgent medical consultation

  • You can dial 15 (or 112, the free national emergency number).
    Stay calm and provide the person on the other end of the line with the following information:
  • A telephone number with which you can be contacted rapidly
  • The location of the accident and the exact address where the patient is located
  • The number of victims in need of care
  • The severity of their condition
  • The circumstances of the accident

Call 115 or 114 to inform the emergency services

What to do when you get to A&E?

Your waiting time at A&E will depend on:


  • the seriousness of your condition, or that of the victim;
  • that of other patients currently waiting for care.

The 3 phases of your visit to A&E

Explain the reason for your emergency as briefly as possible. The aim of this is to open a patient-file to ensure that you will receive care. This phase is essential; it guarantees that you will be covered administratively and medically whilst you are at the Hospital, and after you return home.

Documents required: proof of identity and social security card (carte vitale)

This person will immediately gather information regarding the emergency. The nurse may administer first aid to treat any pain as quickly as possible. Their diagnostic will be essential for the management of patient waiting queues. It helps to keep admissions fluid. Life-endangering emergencies will be treated as a priority.

During your wait, do not hesitate to tell us if the pain increases or if there are any changes to the condition of the victim.

Once you have been placed in a bed and examined by a doctor, further priority examinations will be completed. If these medical examinations are not considered as an emergency, they may be prescribed. In general they will be completed by appointment at the Hospital or another healthcare centre of your choice.


If necessary, the A&E doctor can call on one of the on-call specialists, who are available 24 hours a day including weekends.


After this, once they have consulted the patient's file and have assessed their condition, the A&E doctor may decide that the patient:

  • can return home,
  • should be placed under observation within the ward,
  • or should be hospitalised (for emergency surgical interventions, the operations can be organised immediately in a 24 hour operating theatre).

If the patient does not wish to be hospitalised at the Hôpital Foch, or if there are no beds available in the specialised ward in question, the patient may be transferred to a suitable ward in another establishment.


When the patient leaves, the A&E doctor will provide them with the necessary prescriptions and the results of any tests. The invoice will generally be sent to the patient's home address.



The patient may return home in a number of ways:


  • by ambulance, Light Paramedic Vehicle (VSL) or certified taxi;
  • or by their own means if their condition allows this.

Children under 18 must leave in the company of an adult.