Emergency duty team (EDT)

The north east London adult emergency duty team (EDT) provides an emergency social care service outside of normal office hours. It covers Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest. The service is designed to deal only with emergency situations that cannot wait until the next working day.

Members of the public and health and social care professionals can contact the team if a carer or a vulnerable adult is in urgent need or requires protection from harm. A vulnerable adult is a person of 18 years or over with a social care need. This can include people with mental health problems, physical or learning disabilities or older people. The service includes but is not restricted to the provision of Mental Health Act assessments by an approved mental health professional.

Patient information

How to contact this team

Members of the public and agencies can refer via their local authority control centres who contact the team directly.

Redbridge control centre: 0208 5545000

Waltham Forest control centre: 0208 4963000

Barking control centre: 0208 5948356

Havering control centre: 017084339999

Opening hours: Monday - Friday 5pm - 9am (weekends and bank holidays and bank holidays and social services statutory days off the emergency duty team covers service 24/7