Bigger and better Evelina London gets the go ahead

Posted on Wednesday 6th October 2021
computer generated image showing the expansion from a distance

Computer generated image showing the new hospital building on the Evelina London site.

Exciting plans to build a bigger and even better children’s hospital have been approved by Lambeth Council.

The new building, which will open in 2027, will be joined to our existing children's hospital and give Evelina London the much needed space to care for the sickest and most complex children from across the country.

Since Evelina London opened in 2005, the number of children and young people needing our care has more than doubled.

Marian Ridley, Director of Evelina London, said: “This is a huge step for us – it will allow us to continue with our exciting plans to grow the hospital into a world-leading centre of life-changing care for even more children, young people and their families.

“Without increasing our capacity, a significant proportion of children and young people would not be able to access specialist care, leading to delays to treatment, increased use of emergency care, and the potential for worse quality of life and long term outcomes.

“We are therefore very grateful to the council for their support, alongside our local community, patients and families who we consulted throughout the planning process.”

Professor Ian Abbs, Chief Executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our ambitious plan to expand Evelina London will make it one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals, and enable us to provide exceptional care to many more children and young people.

“This is just the beginning of an exciting journey for us, and we will continue to put patients and families at the heart of what we do.”

Evelina London's plans to expand were supported by patients, families and staff, with many sharing messages of support on the Lambeth Council planning website.

We will continue to work with them to plan the design for the inside of our hospital, which will feature flexible spaces to allow us to adapt to the changing needs of our patients and services in the future.

Read more about our expansion plans.