North London Partners in health and care

Temporary changes to children and young people’s NHS services across North Central London

To ensure the NHS can continue to deliver the best emergency and planned care across North Central London during the winter and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there have been temporary changes made to services for children and young people.
The changes, which took effect from Monday 28 September, include the temporary closure of the children and young people’s emergency departments at the Royal Free Hospital (RFH) and University College Hospital. 

The Whittington Hospital and North Middlesex Hospital children’s emergency departments will expand to meet demand. Barnet Hospital children’s emergency department has already reopened following a temporary closure.

Parents and carers of children and young people are being asked to call NHS 111 or go online to , so that they can be directed to the best service for them.
There is also information for parents on the temporary changes on North London Partners website   

North London Partners is undertaking a comprehensive communications campaign to make residents and families aware of the changes. This includes an advertising campaign in local press and on social media and community notice boards. NHS bodies, local authorities and community groups are also sharing information with the public through their established channels, and schools are being asked to raise awareness of the change with parents and families.

For more information, email North London Partners at

See the press release 24 September: