Admissions to The Portland Hospital
Please note that the patient will require to have 1 (negative) COVID swab pre-operatively 3 days before the admission (this to be done by the Hospital). The parent attending with the child must carry out a Lateral Flow Test on the morning of the admission and bring the (negative) results to the Hospital. Obviously, if the result is positive please do not attend the hospital. The PreAssessment Nurses (020 7182 7709 or 020 7390 6228) will be able to book the pre-operative swabs or advise if you can get this done more locally.

Admissions to Great Ormond Street Hospital
Patients must attend the Hospital for a pre-operative assessment and COVID swab 2 days before admission. The Hospital will contact you directly with appointment times and details. Only 1 parent is allowed to attend the pre-operative assessment with their child.


If your child requires an operation, Angela will be able to provide the relevant procedure codes and fees, etc, to pass on to your insurers. If you are self-paying, Angela will be able to provide the hospital fees as well.

Once Mr Hartley’s clinic letter has been typed Angela will send you formal admission details. This sets out the following:

  • Date of admission
  • Time of arrival at hospital:
    11:00-12:00 (Portland) or 07:30 (Great Ormond Street Hospital)
  • Procedure being undertaken & procedure code
  • Fasting times:
    No food 6 hours prior to surgery (usually 07:00 for the Portland; 02:30 GOSH)
    No milk or breast-milk 3 hours prior to surgery (10:00 Portland; 05:30 GOSH)
    Clear fluids & water may be taken up to 2 hours prior to surgery (11:00 Portland; 06:30 GOSH)

    If any food or drink is taken after these times your child’s operation may be cancelled.
  • Date of discharge
  • Estimates fees of the Hospital (if self-paying), Mr Hartley & the anaesthetist
  • Post-operative appointment

Please note that only one parent is allowed in the hospital with the patient during the admission.