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Children's Ward

The Children's Unit provides hospital care for all babies, children and young people from a few days old up to the age of 16 (or older for children with special needs).

Speciality Children aged 0-16 years
Number of beds / bays 16 beds / 5 Paediatric assessment units
Side rooms None
Ward Manager Claire Finley
Matron Joanne Shippey
Location Ground Floor


Contacting the ward
01625 661080 or 01625 661084


Protected meal times
We have two protected meal times. During this time we encourage only parents/carers to stay, to allow the children to eat their meals in more peaceful environment. We also try to reduce any intervention/tests etc.
12:15pm - 12:45pm 5pm - 5:30pm


Visiting times
Parents/carers of the child are welcome to visit at any time. Family and friends are welcome during the hours of 11am -8pm.

Unfortunately, due to health , safety and space only one parent can stay with their child overnight, a camp bed is provided for the parent that is staying 
11am until 8pm


How long will it take to walk to this ward
The time it will take to walk to this ward from the following entrance and nearest car park.  This is based on on the average person walking at a moderate pace in the most direct route and using the stairs where applicable.
Main entrance Rear entrance Orthopaedic Outpatients entrance
(Fieldbank road)

3 minutes 15 seconds

3 minutes 30 seconds

4 minutes

You will need to use stairs or elevator You will need to use stairs or elevator You will enter on the same level



Electronic devices
The following devices are permitted on this ward.

Please note: This ward provides docking stations for up to six mobile phones/tablets to be charged
Mobile phone Yes
Tablet (iPad etc.) Yes
Laptop Yes
Portable gaming device Yes


The ward has a small play room which can be used by children and parents. The ward also has a “Parents room” which can be accessed by parents staying with us, this has a fridge and tea and coffee making facilities.


Staff who care for you
Senior Sister
Ward Sister
Staff Nurse
Play Specialist
Health Care Assistance
Ward Clerk


Staff who you might meet
Occupational therapists
Specialist nurses


Personal items
What can or should I bring to the ward? (patients) Clothing for the patient and parent who will be staying with them
What can or should I NOT bring to the ward? (patients) Any valuables
Large amounts of money
Large items due to limited space
What can visitors bring to the ward? Visitors can bring age appropriate gifts, food as requested by the family 
What visitors cannot bring to the ward? Any items of value
Large sums of money
Flowers and plants


Discharging a patient
Children are discharged directly from the ward