Savannah ward

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


4th floor, Evelina London Children’s Hospital. 

Savannah ward is a 40 bed ward with 3 specialities:

Information for visitors

Savannah Ward artworkThe ward entrance uses an intercom system, please press the buzzer and the staff member will ask you for the name of your child before opening the door. Outside of office hours, the front desk is unattended so nursing staff will answer the intercom as soon as possible.

Parents and carers can visit their child at any time. However, only 1 parent or carer can stay by the bed overnight. If you're not staying, please leave the ward by 9pm.

Visiting hours for all other visitors are 2pm to 7pm. Please tell staff if you're expecting visitors while you're away or they won't be allowed in.

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 go to the parents' room.

Always clean your hands in the sinks at the entrance of the ward when arriving and leaving to reduce the risk of infection. Alcohol gel is also available throughout the ward.

If your child is having surgery, please see our information about having an operation.

Pull down parents bedParking

Evelina London’s parking is at St Thomas’ Hospital. This car park is open 24 hours a day. There is limited space and there is an hourly fee for parking. Evelina London is close to many public transport links. See more information about travelling to Evelina London.

Accommodation for parents or carers

1 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 our accommodation page.

Facilities for parents or carers

We have a sitting room only for parents and carers, where you can relax with a cup of tea, or sit in peace and quiet away from the ward. We also have a separate kitchen for you to prepare and store your own meals. Please remember to label any items you keep in the fridge with your name and date.

We also have a washing machine (although no dryer) and shower facilities. 


We have 1 play area with games and fun for children of all age groups. Play specialists are there to work with your child.


All children who are well enough are expected to attend the hospital school during term time.  

Meal times

  • Breakfast: 8am to 8.30am – selection of cereals and toast
  • Lunch: midday – hot or cold selection
  • Dinner: 5pm – hot or cold selection

At breakfast, the food service assistant will bring the trolley to each bay for you to come and collect your food. At lunch and dinner, the trolley will stay by the kitchen and you'll need to queue to collect meals.

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.

There are a number of cafés and restaurants at Evelina London, St Thomas' Hospital (which is next door), and in the local area. Find out about cafés, shops and more.

What to bring

We recommend you bring some basic toiletries and comfortable clothes, including nightwear, for your stay.

As food is only provided for the patient (and breastfeeding or pregnant mothers), it would be useful to bring some food for yourself that can be stored in the kitchen. Please remember to label any items you keep in the fridge with your name and date.

There are bedside televisions with freeview available from 7am to 9pm, but we also recommend you bring some entertainment. Please remember to bring any chargers for electronic devices as they aren't available on the ward. 

If your child takes regular medicines or specialist feeds, please bring them with you and tell your nurse when you arrive. Please bring your own supply of nappies and wipes as the ward has limited availability. There is limited storage space around your child's bed space, so please do not bring more than you need and keep to the essentials for your stay.

Your nurse

At the start of each shift, your child will be allocated a nurse who will introduce themselves to you. This is 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.


Staff in charge

Matron: Andrea Swan (neurology and metabolic)

Ward managers:

  • Kelly Heard (surgery, orthopaedics and spinal)
  • Louise Ohene (neurology and metabolic)

Specialist Sister for orthopaedics and spinal: Bethan Thornton

Phone numbers

Surgery: 020 7188 5941

Orthopaedics and spinal: 020 7188 5941

Neurology and metabolic: 020 7188 8848


View access guide to Savannah ward to help you get around the hospital.


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 in charge.