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Savannah ward

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19)- updated information for visitors

We have some visiting restrictions at this 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.


Location

Fourth floor, Evelina London Children’s Hospital. 

Savannah ward is a 40 bed ward with three 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 can visit their child at any time. However, only 1 parent can reside at the bed space overnight, we therefore ask for the parent not staying to kindly leave the ward by 9pm.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 Savannah
    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.

Parents’ 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

We have a parents' only sitting room, 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 parents 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) as well as shower facilities for parents. 

Play

We have one play area 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: 8-8.30am – selection of cereals and toast
  • Lunch: 12 noon – hot or cold selection
  • Dinner: 5pm – hot or cold selection

At breakfast, the food service assistant will bring the trolley to each bay and you will need to come and collect your food. At lunch and dinner, the trolley will remain by the kitchen and parents will be required to queue to collect the 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 also a number of cafés and restaurants at Evelina London, neighbouring St Thomas' Hospital and in the local area. Find out about cafés, shops and more.

What to Bring

We would 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 parents 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-7pm, but we would also recommend you bring some items for entertainment at the bedside. Please remember to bring any chargers for electronic devices as the ward is unable to provide these. 

If your child is on regular medications or specialist feeds, please bring these with you and tell your nurse when you arrive. Also please bring your own supply of nappies and wipes as the ward has limited availability of these. There is limited storage space around your child’s bed space, so please do not bring more then you need and keep to the essentials for your stay.

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.

Contacts

Staff in charge

Matrons

  • Veena Singh (surgery, orthopaedics and spinal)
  • Vanessa Everett (neurology and metabolic)

Ward managers:

  • Surgery, orthopaedics and spinal – Kelly Heard
  • Neurology and Metabolic – Tessa Walker

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

Access

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

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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.