An all-new Rainbow Centre for children and young people at Newham Hospital
Dubbed "a palace for the 80,000 children of Newham", the new Rainbow Centre at Newham Hospital has opened its doors, thanks to £6.8m Barts Charity funding.
Mother and child in the Rainbow Centre, funded by Barts Charity
A patient and his Mum in the new reception area

The Centre is already making a massive difference to young people and their families. It’s brought together children’s services – for both inpatients and outpatients – under one roof for the first time and is reducing the need for transfers between hospitals.

Newham is home to over 85,000 children and young people – one of the highest concentrations of young people in the country. Last year, more than 20,000 attended the A&E department at Newham Hospital, with over 9,000 outpatient appointments.

Rainbow Centre reception desk, funded by Barts Charity
The light and airy reception area

The state-of-the-art facilities include:

  • High dependency beds
  • Bigger outpatient consulting rooms
  • A large play space and interactive environment for patients
  • A schoolroom
  • Teenagers’ leisure room
  • Nappy change and breastfeeding areas
  • A garden including a covered pavilion – with built-in animal noises and nursery rhymes!
  • En-suite single rooms
  • 100% increase in the size of the assessment area (where children are seen before being admitted)
Rainbow Centre at Newham Hospital, funded by Barts Charity
The deconstructed rainbow artwork was created by Morag Myerscough, through Vital Arts

Other features include rooms for consultants to stay on-site closer to their patients, a room for parents, and a kitchen.

Children were even involved with the development process, including being consulted on their favourite colours to guide the artwork for the Centre.

“We’re so pleased that the Centre is now open for patients,” said Fiona Miller Smith, our Chief Executive.

“We recognise the phenomenal amount of hard work from the hospital staff that’s got everyone to this point.

“We’re delighted to have been able to fund this amazing facility – with the help of supporters – and know it will make a huge difference to the children and young people of Newham and beyond.”

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