COVID-19: Changes to Children's Emergency and Inpatient Services
CHILDREN’S ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY 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.
Any children who require admission to hospital will be safely transferred by London Ambulance Service to Great Ormond Street Hospital (see below) for on-going care.
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
CHILDREN’S INPATIENT WARD TEMPORARY CLOSURE
The Whittington Health paediatric inpatient ward (Ifor Ward) has temporary closed and our patients have been moved to Great Ormond Street Hospital.
GOSH is a world leading paediatric facility and patients will continue to receive excellent care there. Patients and their families will get the support they need to ensure no disruption to their care.
We will reopen our Ifor ward as soon as possible. There are no changes to our NICU and SCBU (neonatal) wards.
We hope you understand that all of these decisions are temporary and that the safety of all of our patients is our number one priority during this challenging period, as always.