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We are growing

Building a bigger and better children's hospital
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We need to grow our hospital in order to provide outstanding healthcare for children and young people, meeting their needs now and in the future. The number of patients needing our specialist care continues to increase.

Our award winning building opened in 2005 and brought together Guy's and St Thomas' children's services under one roof to improve care for children and young people. Since the building first opened its doors, the number of children and young people we care for each year has more than doubled.

We're working on it

Sky Ward

Cartoon sun and cloudsThe 6th floor of Evelina London is being transformed from offices to become Sky Ward.

The new Sky Ward will have 18 beds for our heart patients and 10 beds for children needing critical care.



Imaging Technology

Expanding our imaging department with a brand new interventional imaging room with state-of-the-art equipment and a new MRI machine.

The imaging room and installation of a second MRI machine will also include a new anaesthetic and recovery area. The equipment will be used by expert staff and allow us to do more image-guided procedures. This means operations or investigations guided by images from inside the body.


Children's Planned Care Unit

We're working on a bigger, more efficient space with 19 treatment spaces to care for our day patients.

The new unit will be on 1st floor, South Wing in St Thomas’ Hospital.

Growing Snow Leopard Ward

After opening Snow Leopard Ward in 2016, we're already working on extending it. We're making space for two new beds for neurorehabilitation and three beds for sleep studies to treat even more young people, including those needing long-term ventilation.



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Completed in 2016-2017

Fetal Cardiology Unit

The new purpose-built space is on ground floor, South Wing in St Thomas' Hospital, closer to maternity services.

Fetal cardiology is the study of a baby's heart in the womb. Being close to maternity services is more convenient and families can now benefit from brand new, state-of-the-art facilities.

New Children's Blood Test Centre


We now have a bigger spElephant cartoonace for blood tests so we can see more children more quickly.

Our new Blood Test Centre is on ground floor, South Wing in St Thomas' Hospital next to the adult Bood Test Centre.


Penguin Outpatient Unit

This additional outpatient space is supporting our growing services including renal and rheumatology.

In a new space alongside other specialist children's outpatient areas within St Thomas' Hospital, the new unit is making a huge difference to the number of children and young people we can see in clinics.

There are 12 new clinic rooms, a treatment room, a private family space and a dedicated physiotherapy gym for rheumatology patients

Previously on the 1st floor of Evelina London, the new Penguin outpatients unit is located in the South Wing of St Thomas' Hospital.

Bigger Neonatal Unit

We have one of the largest Neonatal Units in England, caring for 1,000 babies a year.

Located next to the Maternity Unit in St Thomas' Hospital, we can care for mum's and babies before, during and after birth. We provide specialist care for babies with complex problems including conditions affecting the heart and brain. Expanding and improving the unit means we now have 22 intensive care cots and 12 high dependency cots. This was a 50% increase in critical care cots.

Snow Leopard Ward

Leopard and Eagle with Tree cartoonA brand new ward located in St Thomas' Hospital, Snow Leopard has six beds for children who rely on specialist equipment to help them breathe.

Snow Leopard helps to ease the move from hospital to home by providing a 'home from home' environment. The specialist team on Snow Leopard help to train parents and carers how to use ventilation equipment safely to prepare them for when their child is home. It has more space, is quieter and offers more privacy to patients and families. The ward has a playroom and a therapy room.

Before Snow Leopard opened, these patients stayed on general wards for very sick children. The unit has freed up beds on these wards so more children can be treated.

We've already started works to grow Snow Leopard in 2018.

Procedure Room

Our new Procedure Room means we can treat an extra 100 children each month with procedures like investigations or minor surgery.

Having a new room not only gives us more space but means we have released other theatres for more complicated planned operations and emergencies.

In July 2017, we treated our 1,000th patient in the Procedure Room.




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How will you be affected?

All our services will continue to run as usual while the works take place. When it's time for moves we'll let you know directly.

What's next?

We're also working on plans for a new building so that we can grow our hospital even bigger. These plans are at an early stage but we will share more as they begin to take shape.

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