We provide a full range of specialist and general services for children and young people. Our services cover all age ranges but we particularly specialise in caring for teenagers. We have the largest teenage unit in the country offering outstanding facilities and a team of specially trained staff. We provide level 1 and some level 2 paediatric critical care for our inpatients at the UCLH site.

For many of our services for younger patients we work very closely with our neighbours, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

Cancer services

We are a designated cancer hospital (called a primary treatment centre) for a large number of children and young people diagnosed with a number of different cancers and blood disorders. We have the largest Teenage Cancer Trust unit in the country. We operate as a unified cancer centre together with Great Ormond Street and collectively form the largest children and young people oncology centre in Europe.

General services

Our children and young people’s emergency department is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Anyone aged under 18 needing care for an accident or emergency can visit us.

We have an emergency inpatient ward for children and young people.

We also provide a full range of non-urgent general services, which include some specialist clinics such as asthma, allergy and epilepsy.

COVID-19 visiting guidelines

We continue to limit visitors to the hospital. While we understand that this will be difficult for families, it is helping us greatly reduce the risk of infection, keeping you, your child and everyone else at UCLH safer.

This means that:

  • If your child has an outpatient appointment, only one parent or carer will be allowed into the hospital.
  • If your child attends the emergency department, a maximum of two parents/guardians are allowed. Siblings may only attend in exceptional circumstances when there are no alternative childcare options for parents/guardians. 
  • If your child is staying on a ward for up to 14 days we are asking that just one parent or carer should attend with the child, and for stays of 15 days or more we are asking that the primary carer changes no more than once per week. 

We know there will be exceptional circumstances where it will be necessary to vary these rules. If you feel this is the case for your family, please contact the patients clinical team to discuss the patient’s needs directly if we haven’t already been in touch – they will then decide what exceptions, if any, can be accommodated.