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Children’s emergency and inpatient care – an update

01 April, 2021

The Whittington Hospital

• DURING the Covid-19 pandemic the National Health Service has worked in partnership on a scale never seen before, adapting quickly and collaborating across organisations to ensure patients were kept safe.

In north central London temporary changes were made to ensure children and young people could access the best possible care during a Covid surge in one consolidated service in the south.

This led to children and young people’s emergency and inpatient services being moved from the Royal Free Hospital and University College Hospital to the southern hub at the Whittington Hospital in September 2020.

It has been the most challenging of years, but as pressures start to ease, we are pleased to confirm the children and young people’s accident and emergency and general inpatient departments will reopen at University College Hospital from 9am on Thursday April 8 and at the Royal Free Hospital from 9am on Monday April 12. Children’s emergency and inpatient care will remain open at Whittington Hospital.

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to colleagues in our children and young people’s services for their flexibility, commitment and the outstanding care they have provided through this very challenging winter.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our communities for their support and understanding regarding these temporary arrangements.

Until the University College Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital sites reopen, children and young people should continue to access emergency care through alternative hospitals including the southern hub at the Whittington Hospital, North Middlesex University Hospital and Barnet Hospital.

If any parent is unsure where they should take a child in need of emergency treatment they should visit or call the NHS 111 service. In a life-threatening emergency always dial 999 immediately.

Royal Free Hospital
Chief Executive

Whittington Health NHS Trust Chief Executive

Medical Director, Specialist Hospitals Board UCLH


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