What is happening and why?

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Royal Marsden Hospital
Evelina London Children’s Hospital

NHS England London and NHS England South East want to give children with cancer the best care.

Children and young people who need specialist cancer care and live in south London and much of south east England, are usually cared for at The Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton. Some children may also receive care at St George’s Hospital in Tooting. This is called the Principal Treatment Centre in South London.

Children with cancer can get very ill very quickly. It is important for them to be treated on the same site as an intensive care unit.

NHS England (London and South East regions) has decided that, in the future, the centre will be at Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

Evelina London is a specialist children’s hospital. It has a children’s intensive care unit and lots of other services for children. It already supports other hospitals to look after children. It also does lots of research to help improve children’s care.

Radiotherapy will be at University College Hospital in central London.

What happens next?

There will be no sudden changes to how children and young people receive care. The future Children’s Cancer Centre will not be ready before October 2026.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, or would like to know more please email us at: england.childrenscancercentre@nhs.net.