My inpatient stay

At the Royal London Hospital there are five inpatient wards on the 7th Floor (7C, 7D, 7F, 7E and 7E respiratory) and intensive care on the 6th floor (6C).

On the wards you will see lots of different members of staff. For example, Domestics, Porters, Hostesses, Nurses, Doctors, Play Specialists, Play Workers, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Dieticians, Speech and Language Therapists and the Paediatric Liaison Team. Everyone on the ward is there to help make your stay as easy as possible. Please see the ‘Who will I meet’ section to find out more information on these job roles.

What is there to do when staying in hospital?

  • If you want to go online on your phone, laptop or tablet, there’s free WiFi at The Royal London Hospital. You can ask a member of staff to help you get online.
  • There is an adolescent room on ward 7C which is filled with activities to meet your individual needs and preferences. You will need to ask a member of staff to access this room. The Play Team support patients on the wards so you can also ask them for more entertainment options! TVs, consoles, DVDs, books and art/design equipment. Please remember to bring important things with you that help reduce your worries and boredom because play resources are limited and shared between all patients in the hospital. 
  • The Play Team has a monthly schedule of group activities (See the link to schedule) which you are welcome to join. Project Play are a group of medical students who volunteer their time to provide out of hours activity sessions. They have ‘Teens Club’ Thursday evening 6:00-7:30pm in term times. 
  • Barts Health has a youth forum, The Youth Empowerment Squad (YES). The forum help to make hospital decisions and get young peoples’ voices heard in healthcare! Being a member of YES is a great way to meet new, like minded young people to share your views and experiences. Check out their section of the website for more details.  
  • The Royal London Hospital have two school rooms for patients staying on the inpatient wards.

Frequently asked questions

What can I bring with me to hospital? 

  • Some spare clothes and pyjamas 
  • Toiletries 
  • Something to remind you of home, friends and family e.g your favourite pillow, blanket and photos
  • Activities to help with boredom e.g music, DVDs, tablet/laptop

Who can stay with me in hospital?

  • Your parent/carer can stay with you in hospital. There is a bed next to yours where one person can stay. 

Visiting times

  • Visiting times vary depending on which ward you are on. Please ask a member of staff when you arrive. 
  • Parents/carers of patients may visit anytime. 
  • School aged friends and siblings can visit you out of school hours.
  • Only three visitors are allowed by your bedside at one time.

Is there WiFi

  • If you want to go online on your phone or tablet, there’s free WiFi at The Royal London Hospital. You can ask a member of staff to help you get online.

How can I connect with other young people in the hospital?

There are many ways you can connect with other young people while you are in hospital. 

  • You can visit the adolescent room on Ward 7C or join in with the Play Team’s group activity sessions or Project Play’s ‘Teen Club’. 
  • You can ask to get involves with Barts Health NHS Trust Youth Forum (YES) which is a great way to meet new, like minded young people. Link
  • Hospital school is a great place to hang out with other young people while not falling behind with school work. Link
  • To keep connected with your friends and family at home ask a member of staff for access to the WiFi so you can get online.