Wellcome Trust building to become respite centre for local NHS staff

We're making our headquarters on Euston Road available as an official respite centre for local NHS staff responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Neon Wellcome logo in window

Update: 5 June 2020

As the NHS moves out of the acute phase of the pandemic and retail facilities outside the hospital begin to reopen, Wellcome and UCLH have decided to close the respite centre on 12 June.

We are proud to have been able to support our local NHS in this way during exceptional circumstances.

Since its opening in early April there have been more than 20,000 visits from our NHS colleagues and we have served around 15,000 meals. We would like to thank everyone involved in its opening and running, particularly our Wellcome volunteers.

An agreement has been reached with University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH). It will see the ground floor of the Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, temporarily adapted for healthcare workers, offering a safe space for them to:  

  • have a change of scene from the hospital
  • have a nap
  • eat and drink 
  • get psychological health and wellbeing support.

Opening today, the respite centre will be staffed by volunteers, including some Wellcome staff, and managed by a centre manager and a volunteer manager.

For any enquiries about the centre, contact

Related content

Although our building is otherwise closed to staff and visitors, Wellcome remains very much open for business. We’re conducting as much of our work as we can remotely. Here's what you need to know if you're a grant applicant or grantholder.