Children’s services


Children's services at the Royal Free London are based at four main hospitals: Barnet Hospital, Chase Farm Hospital, Edgware Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital.

We provide a wide range of services for children in north London from birth to 18 years of age. Services are provided by teams of professionals that consist of paediatricians, neonatologists, nurses and allied health professionals who are specialists in children’s health.

Please check your admission letter to ensure you attend the correct hospital for your appointment.


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Find your ward

  • Barnet Hospital

    Wellhouse Lane
    EN5 3DJ        
    Patient enquiries: 020 8216 5192
    GP enquiries: 020 8216 5418
    Galaxy ward: 020 8216 5193
    Gill Martin, ENT clinical nurse specialist: 07852428381, Mon-Fri 8am-4pm

  • Chase Farm Hospital

    The Ridgeway
    EN2 8JL 

    Patient and GP enquiries: 020 8216 4933

  • Child development services

    Child Health HQ
    Edgware Community Hospital
    Burnt Oak Broadway
    HA8 0AD

    020 7794 0500 followed by extension:

    Deputy office manager and medical secretary: x26457 or x26382
    Audiology secretary and appointments: x82398 (DD: 020 3758 2398)
    Clinic coordinator: x82420 (DD: 020 3758 2420)
    Office manager: x26217
    Medical and SEN secretary: x26272

  • Edgware Community Hospital

    Burnt Oak Broadway 
    HA8 0AD

    Patient enquiries: 020 8732 6382

    GP enquiries: 020 8732 6420

  • Oak Lane Health Centre

    Oak Lane
    East Finchley
    N2 8LT

    Patient and GP enquiries: 020 8349 7000

  • Royal Free Hospital

    Pond Street
    NW3 2QG

    Patient enquiries: 020 7830 2144
    GP enquiries: 020 7830 2143
    Ward 6 North: 020 7830 2732
    Gill Martin, ENT clinical nurse specialist: 07852428381, Mon-Fri 8am-4pm

  • St Michael's Hospital

    Cedar House
    Gater Drive
    EN2 0JB

    Patient enquiries: 020 8375 2980

    GP enquiries: 020 8375 2979


Referral details

Barnet Hospital or Chase Farm Hospital
Urgent referrals:
GPs will contact the paediatricians at Barnet Hospital if your child needs a very urgent paediatric assessment that cannot wait for a paediatric outpatient clinic.

Routine referrals sent to our hospitals from GPs are checked by a consultant paediatrican to ensure that your child will be given an appointment in the most appropriate clinic.

Royal Free Hospital
Urgent referrals:
For very urgent assessment of an acutely ill child contact the consultant paediatrician on 020 7794 0500 bleep 1000 then fax the referral to 020 7472 6565.

For urgent appointments for children who need to be seen in the out-patient department within two weeks for medical reasons, fax a referral letter to the out-patient team on 020 7830 2144.

Children who need to be seen urgently by a paediatric consultant can be seen (with a letter of referral from a GP) in the urgent referral clinic in the paediatric emergency (A&E) department, Monday to Friday (except bank holidays) from 9am to 5pm. 

Your GP must call us on 020 7794 0500 ext 38063/4 to arrange an appointment for your child in the urgent referral clinic either on the same day or the following day.

General paediatric clinics
General paediatric clinics are listed on the e-referral system.

Community child health
This service provides assessments for younger children,  resident in the London Boroughs of Barnet and Enfield, where there are concerns about development and/or behaviour. Referrals are usually made by GPs, health visitors, therapists or hospital paediatricians.

The aim of the assessments is to understand the child’s abilities alongside their developmental level, to investigate possible causes of delays or difficulties and to make recommendations on how to support the child and family.

Referrals are reviewed by a multi disciplinary team who will direct the child to the most appropriate service.

Child development clinic
Referral criteria
We will see the following children:

  • Children up to the age of seven years old, where there is concern about their neuro-developmental progress.
  • Older children with conditions of complex disability.
  • Older children who present with unexplained learning disability (we will exclude medical causes of learning disability but we are not able to provide detailed cognitive assessments; this would be the remit of an education psychologist).
  • Children who require a medical assessment as part of their education, health and care needs assessment.

We will accept referrals from GPs, schools or any health professional. For school-aged children, we prefer to receive referrals from the child’s school. Download our referral form.

We do not offer assessments for the following:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in children older than seven years.
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children with otherwise normal development. 

These children need to be referred to the local child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) via their own ACCESS referral form.

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