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Children and young people

UCLH provides a full range of specialist and general services for children and young people.

Sevices for young people

UCLH is a designated cancer centre for children and young people with different types of cancer and blood disorders. It has the largest Teenage Cancer Trust unit in the country and operates as a unified cancer centre together with Great Ormond Street and collectively forms the largest oncology centre for children and young people in Europe.

UCLH also offers other services for young people. General services include emergency care and specialist clinics such as asthma, allergy and epilepsy. Specialist serivices include dermatology, diabetes, endocrinology, rheumatology, dentistry for children, neonatal, ophthalmology, orthodontics, ear, throat and nose services, safeguarding clinics and urology.

The Play Fund

The play fund helps support the play and youth services team at UCLH which consists of 22 qualified and registered health play specialists and activity co-ordinators and one qualified youth worker, who work across different sites of the hospital and within the paediatric and adolescent division. The team help to facilitate high standards of care to our patients and their family through therapeutic, diagnostic, developmental and specialised play interventions.

What the funding achieves:

  • Provides a range of quality resources and toys to help facilitate high standards of care to patients and their families
  • Supports play and recreation throughout the hospital setting
  • Provides fun and exciting outings for the children and young people, providing normality for children and young people admitted long term
  • Develops new projects to increase patient and family experiences during hospital visits and/or admissions
  • Funds teaching and courses to extend skills, knowledge and understanding of staff thus improving the care we can then provide the patients and families.