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Worried about trains and tubes

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Gingster Sun 23-Aug-20 20:53:34

My GD aged 4 has to go to Great Ormond St Hospital in 2 weeks time. My DD will obviously take her but it is about an hour and a half away by train and tube. DD isn’t used to travelling through London and I have offered to go with them as a bit of support. She has no one else! She accepted my offer gladly and now I’m thinking about the risk Covidwise. I’m 70 and should I really go. ? What would you do?

MawB2 Sun 23-Aug-20 20:57:26

Which station will they be arriving at?
Why not get a taxi to GOSH?

Whitewavemark2 Sun 23-Aug-20 21:04:00

Yes, taxi seems the best option.

Take all precautions. Have hand sanitizer in your handbag and use it frequently. NEVER touch your face until you have scrubbed with soap and water. Be aware of well touched surfaces and try to avoid them. Mask of course. Avoid busy places if possible.

Apart from that relax 🙂 and I hope all goes well with your granddaughter.

sodapop Sun 23-Aug-20 21:10:52

If you can use a taxi that would be a good option Gingster If that's not possible then take the necessary precautions and help your daughter and granddaughter.
I hope all goes well for her at GOSH.

vegansrock Mon 24-Aug-20 06:56:19

I went on the tube last week for the first time and it was out of rush hour and not crowded. I would say 95% people wearing masks. Hand sanitiser at stations. However, if you are going to a hospital, I’d agree with the black cab option. You are separated from the driver with a screen and well over 2 metres away. I love riding in black cabs.

Gingster Mon 24-Aug-20 07:03:53

Yes I think a black cab is the way to go. Thinking about it, the tube would be a nightmare. Not just the Covid risk but with a little girl and a buggy too. Thanks for your suggestions. X

Gingster Mon 24-Aug-20 07:05:01

And thanks for your good wishes too x

infoman Mon 24-Aug-20 08:10:41

If your arriving at Kings Cross Euston or St pancreas,
could I suggest walking to hospital if you all can.
Its just under a mile to the hospital.
All the best.

Gingergirl Mon 24-Aug-20 09:40:17

Booking a car would also hold a risk. I would take a train. They are quite quiet....wear a mask...keep a hour and a half equates to being in a large supermarket. I would be sensible...and then not worry.

Tanjamaltija Mon 24-Aug-20 09:40:20

A visit to hospital means someone is not up to par, even if it's only Outpatients. So, in accordance with the many, I'll say please take a cab.

Ellianne Mon 24-Aug-20 09:43:08

Our daughter used an Uber from Paddington to her destination the other day. All fine.

winterwhite Mon 24-Aug-20 09:43:50

Expect you have double-checked that you will be allowed in, Gingster, but if not probably worth doing so and explaining your circs. In the children's hospital nearest here the 'rule' is one parent or other adult per child. I hope all goes smoothly.

bigbird1 Mon 24-Aug-20 09:46:39

London transport is fine out if rush hour. Just use sensible precautions and you will be fine. Xx

kwest Mon 24-Aug-20 09:49:25

It is quite a short walk to the hospital from Kings Cross,
We went years ago to support our daughter and her twins, We took our car satnav in my handbag to guide us to the hospital, but these days your phone can do that.
After we had said goodbye to my daughter, her husband and the twins, we spotted a lovely little park quite close to the hospital. We were tired after the anxiety of the visit (which was fine actually) and thought we would go into the park and sit for a little while. It turns out it is a park specifically for children and their parents and we were turned away. A sad reflection of the times we live in ,but we did totally understand. It is less likely, but I suppose perfectly possible ,for a pair of anxious grandparents to be considered possible peadophiles.

Juicylucy Mon 24-Aug-20 09:49:59

Another vote for taxi. Even though trains are quiet at the moment,as you say no fun on tubes with buggy.

cookiemonster66 Mon 24-Aug-20 09:59:27

Personally I would not mind using the normal train where windows can be opened for ventilation. I would not use the underground tube, so maybe get a taxi at the end of the over ground train line to GOSH?

MadeInYorkshire Mon 24-Aug-20 10:08:23

It is quite possible they will not let you in, as it is an extra person which equals extra risk - I would check first before you go ...

Our A&E aren't letting people in just the patient etc and any visiting is just the one person currently x

ctussaud Mon 24-Aug-20 10:14:37

Kwest wrote “ and thought we would go into the park and sit for a little while. It turns out it is a park specifically for children and their parents and we were turned away.”

I think you must have gone to Coram’s Fields, formerly the grounds of the Foundling Hospital; traditionally no adult may enter unless accompanied by a child.

NannyC1 Mon 24-Aug-20 10:18:00

Where is your mind at "anxious grandparents could be considered peadophiles"

MawB2 Mon 24-Aug-20 10:20:48

@Gingster if you should decide to go too for moral support and practical help, you might be able to visit the Foundling Hospital while your daughter and GD are at GOSH- if you are not allowed in. Or a wander round the British Museum - assuming both are open.
Glad you are happy at the thought of a black cab. I am sure it will be fine.

aonk Mon 24-Aug-20 10:45:58

I agree with all the previous posts and think you should go. I would mention that when my GD was seen at GOSH twice recently only one adult was allowed to accompany her. If this is still the case you will need to find somewhere nearby to wait.

StephLP Mon 24-Aug-20 10:46:36

@Gingster - do check whether you will be allowed in before you make this journey. My baby grandchild has recently had 2 outpatients appointments and only 1 parent was allowed in with her.

NotSpaghetti Mon 24-Aug-20 10:47:15

I would support your daughter and go. It’s about 25 mins walk from Euston or St Pancras and we have done it many times as it’s straightforward.

There is a small park on the corner (with benches) nearby if they won’t let two adults in. It’s called Queen’s Square gardens. At lunchtime the benches were often busy though. Also, in the same square, there’s a community cafe at “The Mary Ward Centre”. It can sometimes be a bit slow getting served if they are busy but is friendly and used to people sitting for a long time (as I have done).

Obviously there are plenty of other cafes nearby too. I have not been since Covid-19 arrived so don’t know how they are all operating.

Good luck. I’m sorry your little granddaughter is having to go to the hospital but hope you have a straightforward trip and that she is as well as possible as soon as possible.

Madwoman11 Mon 24-Aug-20 11:01:18

You won't be allowed in the hospital due to covid, however you could drive them there which is a safer option to cabs or public transport.
You should be ok as long as guidelines are adhered to.

Annanan Mon 24-Aug-20 11:18:53

My vote is for a black cab. Ubers and minicabs will not have the separation of the driver from the passenger and are not as likely to be COVID-19 safe. I can endorse the recommendation of Queen‘S Square, as I used to be a patient at the neurology hospital and spent many hours in the square relaxing. Very very best of luck.