The Child Health department has;
- A children's ward
- A young people’s unit
- A children’s assessment unit
- A high-dependency unit for children
- A special Care Baby unit with 16 cots and two neonatal intensive care cots
- A children’s outpatient department
We also link with lots of other services, both within the hospital and the community.
We try to help children to be cared for at home wherever possible and so we work closely with local agencies such as community health services, social services and education workers.
To find out about our staff, please use the links on the left.
Our children's assessment unit
We have a ten-bedded assessment area where acutely ill children are assessed. Depending on the child’s assessment we make a decision on whether the child should be admitted, observed and treatment started or discharged and other treatment carried out.
Children's High Dependency unit
This unit has one bed and allows us to care for critically ill children on a 1:1 basis. We also work closely with the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
The Adolescent Unit has six beds for young people aged 12 to 18.
We treat young people as young adults and encourage them to make to make their own decisions about their health. Many of these young people have chronic illnesses such as diabetes and asthma and are admitted to the ward repeatedly. The Oasis area includes recreational facilities such as music and pool tables, with information on social and health aspects that may be relevant to that particular age group.
This area allows a child to come to hospital for tests and examinations, which can sometimes take all day, without having to enter a ward environment.
We hold a wide variety of general /speciality clinics. This includes clinics by visiting Specialist Consultants from Sheffield Children’s Hospital servicing nephrology, endocrinology, cystic fibrosis, paediatric surgery, rheumatology, genetics and cardiology.
Ward based consultant practice
This is a system where each of our consultants leads the ward team - both medical and nursing - for a period of one week.
The aims are:
- To protect and improve clinical standards.
- To improve clinical and ward based teaching and education.
- To improve continuity for the patients & their families.
Child’s rapid access clinics
The Children’s Outpatient department holds rapid access clinics five afternoons a week. They take urgent GP referrals where a child needs an urgent opinion but may not need inpatient admission and cannot wait the normal waiting time so see a consultant. It means a GP can ask for a consultant to see their patient the same day, or as soon as possible within a few days.