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Referrals can come from any source – from parents, a GP or a hospital – as long as the child’s parent or carer has given their consent.

 

To make an urgent referral, please call either of these 24/7 contact numbers: 020 3994 4134 or 07713 071116

REFERAL FORM

OUR PROCESS

Referrals can come from any source – from parents, a GP or a hospital – as long as the child’s parent or carer has given their consent.

Application

We welcome the referrals of babies, children and young people who meet our acceptance criteria and who live in the London Boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey, Islington or Hertsmere. We will consider referrals from outside our catchment area on a case by case basis.

 

A referral can come from any professional source, or from the parent or carer themselves.

 

It’s important that it’s discussed with the family before submission. And because we recognise it can be hard to know the right time to refer, we welcome an informal discussion.

 

To make a referral, simply download and complete the Referral Form and email it to our Care Team at noahs.referrals@nhs.net. Or, post it to us at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, The Ark, Byng Road, Barnet EN5 4NP.

Assessment

Referrals are assessed by our multidisciplinary panel who consider the child’s diagnosis against our criteria.

We may need to speak to professionals involved in caring for the child and may contact you for additional information before we can decide whether the child meets these criteria.

We will write to the referrer with our decision and families will be contacted within 5 working
days.

Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice accepts children between the ages of 0-19 years based on the following criteria, in line with guidelines used by all Children’s Hospices:

Group 1

Life-threatening conditions for which curative treatment may fail

 

Group 2

Conditions where premature death is anticipated but intensive treatment may prolong life e.g. complicated cystic fibrosis, HIV

 

Group 3

Progressive conditions without curative treatment options where treatment is exclusively palliative e.g. Battens disease, mucopolysaccharidoses

Group 4

Conditions causing severe neurological disability leading to susceptibility of health complications and likelihood of premature death e.g. severe cerebral palsy, multiple disabilities following brain or spinal cord injury

 

Group 5

Current resident on Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or Specialist Maternity Services. Also referrals to Music Therapy Service.

 

Group 6

Post-bereavement support during the 3-year period following the death of a child

Referrals for urgent, end of life or post-death care through Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice can be directed to:

Both phone numbers will be answered 24 hours a day by a Registered Nurse who can advise on the referral immediately or plan a call back following discussion with the on-call Referral Panel Members within 12 hours.

Urgent enquiries or referrals can also be emailed to noahs.nurses@nhs.net. This inbox is checked daily by a registered nurse and a member of the Care Team will respond as soon as possible within 24 hours.

“If I had to describe Noah’s Ark in three words it would be Gold Standard Care.”

RICHARD, FATHER OF MAGNUS, WHO CURRENTLY BENEFITS FROM OUR CARE.