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Savannah Ward

Care for children with heart, neurological, orthopaedic and metabolic conditions

Location

Fourth floor, Evelina London Children’s Hospital. 

Savannah is a 40 bed ward with three specialities:

Information for visitors

  • Savannah Ward artworkParents can visit their child at any time
  • Visiting hours for all other visitors are 2-7pm. Please tell staff if you are expecting visitors while you are away or they will be refused entry.
  • We have an afternoon quiet time from 1-2pm.
  • Try to avoid visiting around mealtimes so children can eat uninterrupted.
  • Visiting children must be supervised by an adult
  • Please be quiet in the evenings
  • Please switch your mobile phone to silent – if you need to use it, please do so in the parents’ room
  • Always clean your hands with alcohol gel when you enter or leave the ward to reduce the risk of infection.
  • If your child is having surgery, please see our information about having an operation.

Pull down parents bedParents’ accommodation

One parent or carer is allowed to stay with their child overnight in pull-down beds at the child's bedside. For information about other places to stay, see accommodation.

Parents’ facilities

Thanks to a donation from the Evelina Children's Heart Organisation (ECHO), we have a parents' only sitting room, where you can relax with a cup of tea, watch television or sit in peace and quiet away from the ward. 

We also have a washing machine (although no dryer) and a kitchen for parents where you can prepare and store your own meals. Please remember to label any items you keep in the fridge with your name and date.

Play

We have two play areas offering games and fun for children of all age groups. Play specialists are there to work with your child on the wards.

School

All children who are well enough are expected to attend the hospital school (term time only).  

Meal times

  • Breakfast: 8am – selection of cereals and toast
  • Lunch: 12 noon – hot or cold selection
  • Dinner: 5pm – hot or cold selection

If your child has any food allergies or special dietary requirements please tell your nurse. All meat dishes are halal, and there's also a vegetarian option for meals.

Water, squash drinks, milk, tea and coffee can be provided at any time from the kitchen.

Meals are only provided for patients and pregnant or breastfeeding mothers.

Savannah has a kitchen and sitting room for parents where you can store and eat your own food. Make sure any food you leave in the parents' kitchen is labelled with your child's name and the date.

There are also a number of cafés and restaurants at Evelina London, neighbouring St Thomas' Hospital and in the local area. Find out more at cafés, shops and more.

Your nurse

At the start of each shift, you child will be allocated a nurse who will introduce themselves to you. This is generally the best person to ask if you need help, but please don’t hesitate to ask another member of staff for assistance.

Your doctor

The doctors involved in your child's care do a ward round every morning. This is a good time to ask questions.

Grand ward rounds involve many different staff members and take up to three hours. 

The doctors will see you after this ward round.

Contacts

Staff in charge

Matron: Penny McDougall

Ward managers:
Camel (heart services) – Jenny Somer and Claire Brierley

Dragonfly (neurology and metabolics) – Andrea Swan

Lizard (orthopaedics) – Sam Coleman

Clinical educator for cardiology: Ruth Christodoulou

Clinical educator for neurology and orthopaedics: Sarah Dinsey

Phone numbers

Camel (heart): 020 7188 8849

Dragonfly (neurology and metabolic): 020 7188 8848

Lizard (orthopaedics): 020 7188 5941

Access

View access guides to help you get around the hospital.

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Donate now

Donations from people like you help us go above and beyond for our young patients.

You can donate to our fundraising charity online.

Or if you'd like to make a donation to your child's ward, please speak to the nurse charge.

Lambeth Palace Road entrance closed 18-19 November

The main entrance to Evelina London Children's Hospital will be closed from 5am Saturday 18 - 8pm Sunday 19 November and there will be no access in or out of the hospital through these doors.

For directions on how to access the building, please visit our directions page.

Evelina London Children’s Hospital
St Thomas’ Hospital,
Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7EH
Tel: 020 7188 7188

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