Families come from all over Britain to have treatment at Evelina London Children’s Hospital and the last thing you want when you get here is to be worried about finding your bearings.
So we’ve put together some information which we hope you’ll find useful, like where to eat and shop, places to stay or things to do if you get a free moment.
If you have any additional questions, please contact the ECHO office.
On Belvedere Road SE1 7GQ
Near Lambeth North tube station SE1 7XG
Ronald McDonald House provides free accommodation for parents of children staying at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, with private rooms, shared kitchens and communal areas. You can ask to be put on the waiting list for RMH before you come to hospital or on the day you arrive – please ask a nurse on the ward when you get here and they’ll make enquiries. Rooms are allocated depending on availability and level of emergency. Sadly, they won’t necessarily have room for everyone. For more information, please visit rmhc.org.uk.
Gassiot House, located just in front of St Thomas’ Hospital, provides accommodation which can be booked on a nightly basis. Similarly to Ronald McDonald House, Gassiot House can provide free accommodation to families of children staying at Evelina London – this needs to be arranged by your ward nurse, and is subject to availability. It may be possible to pay for accommodation instead.. For more information, please visit guysandstthomas.nhs.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7188 0276.
Point A Hotel, London Westminster, a minute’s walk from Lambeth North tube station and half a mile from the London Eye. Modern, budget hotel. Simply furnished rooms from £82 a night.
London Waterloo (Westminster Bridge) Hotel, a 5-minute walk from Waterloo rail and underground station on York Road, next to Westminster Bridge. No on-site parking. Rooms from £86 a night.
Travelodge London Central Waterloo Hotel, a 7-minute walk from Southwark tube station. Budget hotel with rooms from £109.
It’s important for heart children to feel as normal as possible during what might be a protracted stay in hospital. One way to do this is to provide them with schooling, so that older ones don’t feel they’re falling behind, and younger ones get to enjoy learning through play, like any other child their age.
The Evelina School is open to children who are staying in hospital and, depending on availability, their siblings as well. Teaching takes place in the main atrium school for those well enough to leave their ward, and lessons are from 10am until noon, with a break for lunch, then 1.30pm until 3pm.
The space is divided into two, with the Sun classroom for children in the Early Years and Foundation Stage, plus Key Stages 1 & 2, and the Moon classroom for young people in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5.
Teaching may be individualised to follow the home school curriculum or pupils may be working on tasks together as a whole class or in smaller groups.
We provide bedside tuition for those children unable to leave their ward – these are generally shorter sessions of between 25-45 minutes and are tailor-made to suit the needs of the individual child.
More information at www.evelina.southwark.sch.uk
The Samaritan’s Fund is available in some instances to help provide food and clothes for patients and close relatives who are staying in hospital. If you’d like to find out more, please speak to a nurse or ward matron about a referral. Please note, this service is not available for all families.
All breast-feeding mothers are entitled to hospital food. Please speak to a nurse who’ll advise you.
A Travel Expenses Fund is available in some instances, although most families won’t be eligible. If parents have to travel extremely long distances to Evelina London, from Scotland for instance, their travel expenses may be covered. Please speak to a member of Evelina London staff to find out more.