COVID-19: Changes to Children's Emergency and Inpatient Services

Our children’s emergency department remains open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
One parent can stay with their child at all times. The paediatric inpatient unit staff will risk assess the environment to ensure IPC standards are maintained if a family wanted more than one sibling to visit at the same time.
Children in need of urgent treatment continue to receive the same high standard of safe and compassionate care that we always provide. However, local hospitals are working together so we can continue to give the best care possible to people in the area during the coronavirus outbreak. Therefore a number of nearby children’s accident and emergency departments are temporarily closing and diverting their patients to other local trusts including Whittington Hospital.
Children's Emergency Departments at Royal Free Hospital and UCLH are temporarily closed.
However, we are pleased to say that plans have now been confirmed and the paediatric emergency departments and general inpatient wards will reopen at University College Hospital from 9 am on Thursday 8 April and at the Royal Free Hospital from 9 am on Monday 12 April.
We have produced a guide to help you understand the changes we have made to help ensure the safety of you, your child and our colleagues —
Together with Ambitious about Autism we have created a visual story to explain the current changes — Visiting Hospital
Page last updated: 07 Apr 2020
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