Reminder: Temporary changes to children and young people’s emergency departments

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GPs are reminded that the Royal Free Hospital and University College Hospital’s children and young people’s emergency departments and general acute inpatient beds are temporarily closed over Christmas and the winter season.

Please refer paediatric patients needing urgent and emergency care to Whittington Hospital, Barnet Hospital, North Middlesex or other alternative hospitals.

We are asking parents and carers to contact NHS 111 first, either by phone or online at 111.nhs.uk, so they can be to be directed to the best service for them.

These temporary arrangements 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.

For further information, please visit the North London Partners website or read our frequently asked questions (FAQs) for local GPs, or information for the public.

Expiry date: Jan 31st, 2021