Children’s cancer services

Our children's cancer services (paediatric oncology) at Barnet Hospital are highly specialised. Our shared care unit treats many patients each year, monitoring patients for long term follow up once treatment has finished.

Children with cancer will have their diagnosis confirmed, treatment started and their care planned and co-ordinated by a primary treatment centre usually at Great Ormond Street Hospital, University College London Hospital or the Royal Marsden Hospital.

However, not all of the care needs to be undertaken at a primary treatment centre. It often makes life much easier for both the child and their family if some care can be provided locally. When local care is an option, children with cancer are treated by the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust on Galaxy ward at Barnet Hospital.

What do we do at Barnet Hospital?

Barnet Hospital has a recognised paediatric oncology shared care unit (POSCU) which works in very close partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital, University College London Hospital and the Royal Marsden Hospital.

Our special relationship with the primary treatment centre hospitals enables our children's cancer services team at Barnet Hospital to provide continual local care and treatment of your child as close to home as possible, sometimes even at home or at school, to avoid further disruption to your child and your family’s daily routine.

At Barnet Hospital we can provide:

  • administration of some types of chemotherapy
  • blood and platelet transfusion
  • line care
  • management of febrile neutropenia
  • advice, support and education via a keyworker.

Find out more on our clinics and treatments page.

Galaxy ward

Situated on level 2 of Barnet Hospital, Galaxy ward is a 30-bed ward for children and young people. We have 13 isolation cubicles, some with en-suite facilities. Children admitted with febrile neutropenia are given priority to use these cubicles, wherever possible.

Our play specialists are on hand with a well-equipped playroom. We also have a designated classroom with teaching staff who will liaise with your child’s school/education provider to ensure minimal disruption to your child’s education.

A teenage lounge is available for adolescents for when they need time and space alone. We also have a parent’s rest room where a television and refreshments are provided.