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.
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.
Until these sites reopen, children and young people should continue to access emergency care through alternative hospitals, such as the southern hub, here at the Whittington Hospital or at North Middlesex University Hospital and Barnet Hospital.
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
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