If your child has been invited for a face-to-face appointment or procedure, it’s important you still come unless you hear otherwise.
To help keep everyone safe, only one parent or carer can attend. No other family or friends can visit.
See all our information about COVID-19, including steps we are taking to keep you safe.

Savannah ward

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19)- updated information for visitors

We are restricting visitors to two parents or named carers. Only one may visit at any time.

Siblings, other family members and friends will not be allowed to visit, and we ask that they do not attend the hospital site. This will help us to minimise the number of people in the hospital and reduce the risk of spreading infection to keep you and your family safe.  

There may be exceptional circumstances to this, which we will discuss with you on an individual basis.

Read our latest information on coronavirus.



Fourth floor, Evelina London Children’s Hospital. 

Savannah ward 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.


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.


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.


Staff in charge

Matrons: Penny McDougall (heart and orthopaedics), Carole Morland (neurology)

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

Dragonfly (neurology and metabolics) – Andrea Swan

Lizard (orthopaedics) – Sam Coleman

Phone numbers

Camel (heart): 020 7188 8849

Dragonfly (neurology and metabolic): 020 7188 8848

Lizard (orthopaedics): 020 7188 5941


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 charge.

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