Patients aged 1-16 (children)

We encourage ‘open’ visiting at the Oak Centre for Children and Young People, and visitors are always welcome. 


There are no set visiting times at the centre, but after 8pm we reduce noise and activity to allow children and teenagers some quiet time before they go to sleep. We ask, therefore, that large groups of relatives and friends do not visit after this time.

We encourage parents to involve their child’s brothers and sisters in their care. Having their siblings in the hospital with them is important to them, and they are very welcome on the Unit.

Relatives and friends can be a great source of support at this time and can help with practical things such as shopping, laundry and school runs. They can also help by being a friend who will listen.

Who should not visit

Anyone who has been in contact with an infectious disease, such as chicken pox or measles, is not allowed in the unit.

If you feel this may apply to a member of your family or a friend, please discuss your concerns with staff.

What can I bring?

Fresh flowers and plants are not allowed in the unit for infection control reasons. Helium balloons are a colourful alternative and are very popular among our patients.

If your child is to be admitted for an inpatient stay, you may wish to bring clothes and other items for both of you.

For your child:

  • Clothes
  • Nightwear
  • Toiletries
  • Comforter, e.g. blanket or soft toy
  • Medicines they may need
  • Photographs of the family and pets
  • Games and DVDs
  • Feeding cup if using one
  • School work if they feel up to it

For you:

  • Clothes
  • Nightwear and dressing gown
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Books and magazines
  • Medicines you may need
  • Tea/coffee
  • Mobile phone
  • Pen/notepad
  • Address book

Limited space

Please note that we have a limited amount of storage space on the unit and there will be 17 other families in the ward at the same time. We therefore ask that things are taken home if they are not needed by you or your child.

The Royal Marsden will not accept responsibility for loss or damage to personal property of any kind.