Parents and carers

Parents and carers

We offer dedicated paediatrics (children’s) health services across a wide range of specialist areas. We are one of the biggest centres in the country for children – with the very latest facilities and dedicated clinical staff offering the highest standards of paediatric care.

Premature or unwell newborns requiring medical treatment are cared for in our neonatal units.

The majority of our clinical services for children are based at The Children's Hospital at The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. Whipps Cross University Hospital and Newham University Hospital also cover a full range of local paediatric medical and surgical conditions.

Our children's service is part of a wider community of paediatricians, GPs and other healthcare professionals stretching across east London to other parts of London, Essex and beyond. This means we can ensure that your child receives the care that is right for them – before and after they visit one of our hospitals.

Why choose us

We offer world-class clinical care, and numerous support services for our young patients and their families.

We are one of the biggest centres in the country for children. Across our London sites, we have over 220 beds and premature baby cots for our special young patients. We also have three children’s emergency departments.

From the play specialists who are professionally trained to help your child cope with medical procedures, to teachers and physiotherapists, our staff are here to support you and your child throughout your time in hospital.

Our specialists are involved in a range of paediatric research initiatives, helping to identify new treatments for children, and improvements in patient care. In fact, the Children’s Hospital at The Royal London works closely with colleagues in the Centre for Paediatrics at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. The close interface between research and clinical activity, across the whole of paediatrics, ensures that we remain at the forefront of research both nationally and internationally – and that our patients are among the first to benefit from new therapies.

We also benefit from London’s Air Ambulance (which is based at The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, and provides pre-hospital trauma care at the scene of serious incidents within the M25) and we also host a special Neonatal Transport Service that helps saves the lives of sick and premature babies across London and the South East. Last year, our paediatric emergency services treated over 9,500 children - providing care for conditions ranging from minor injuries to life-threatening illnesses.