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New Evelina children’s hospital building reaches highest point

A new surgery building at Evelina London Children’s Hospital has reached its highest point, with the outer frame completed.

The five-storey building will have two new operating theatres to treat another 2,300 children each year, helping to reduce waiting times for surgery.

Families will also wait less time on the day of surgery, as pre-surgery checks, operation, recovery and preparation for going home can all be done in one place in one day.

Marian Ridley, director of Evelina London, said: “This is an exciting milestone for our first new building as part of our plans for a bigger and even better Evelina London. This purpose-built, stand-alone facility will transform the experience of day surgery and routine procedures for many of our children, young people and their families.

“When a child needs surgery it can be a worrying time for any family. With this in mind, we have designed everything to improve and enhance the experience of children, young people and their families, and to make their visit as comfortable as possible.”

Vauxhall MP Florence Eshalomi took part in a ceremony to celebrate the milestone. She said: “I was delighted to attend the topping out ceremony for the new children’s day treatment centre. This is such an important building for our community, and it has been designed with those families in mind. I look forward to seeing the building progress over the coming months.”

Evelina London recently got planning permission for a 20-foot building that hospital chiefs said would make it a “world-leading centre of life-changing care”, despite concerns raised by Historic England and Westminster Council that the tower would affect views of Parliament and other nearby historic sites.


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