The changes follow a review of children and young people’s health services across north central London, and include the following temporary changes:
- University College London Hospitals’ (UCLH) children and young people’s emergency department (at University College Hospital) will remain temporarily closed over winter. UCLH specialist inpatient and day-case services, including cancer haemato-oncology and complex adolescents, will remain open.
- Royal Free Hospital’s children and young people’s emergency department will temporarily close as will its children and young people's inpatient beds.
- Barnet Hospital children and young people's emergency department and inpatient unit has reopened and will include child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) crisis support.
- The Whittington children and young people's emergency department and inpatient unit remains open and has expanded to meet forecast demand.
- North Middlesex University Hospital children and young people's emergency department remains open with additional capacity. Inpatient services continue.
- To ensure maintenance of access to elective services, Great Ormond Street Hospital will provide more room for urgent elective inpatient and some – but not all – day surgery.
Parents of children receiving ongoing or planned care will be contacted directly if there are any changes to existing arrangements.
These temporary arrangements will allow the NHS to focus resources and ensure children and young people’s services are not subject to disruption should there be an increase in demand due to the pandemic. They have been approved by the North Central London Clinical Advisory Group as the safest way to deliver services for children and young people over the coming months.