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Ward 4 is a general medical ward that cares for children aged 0 to 16 years with a range of different medical conditions including:

  • respiratory
  • mental health
  • neurology
  • gastroenterology
  • dermatology
  • metabolics

The ward has eight single rooms, five with en-suite bathrooms and 16 bed spaces across four bays. Each bed space also has a bed or a reclining chair so that 1 parent can be resident overnight. Bedding, pillows, towels and basic toiletries are provided.

We aim to make sure that whilst your child’s hospital stay is as pleasant as possible. Facilities on Ward 4 include:

  • a play room full of toys, books and craft activities suitable for all ages
  • a large screen TV with games consoles available upon request
  • a TV by each bed space that is free to use and has many channels

There is also a dedicated Parents’ room where breakfast cereals, bread and free hot drinks are available. There is also a microwave, a fridge for storing food, and a freezer filled with ready meals where you are invited to ‘pay-what-you-can’.

During your child’s time on the ward, they will be cared for by different medical professionals, including: nurses, support workers and doctors. On some occasions, there will also be student nurses who are working alongside the nurses on the ward as part of their training. We also have play specialists who organise activities to help children have fun whilst they are on the ward. They are also available to distract children during procedures that take place on the ward, such as taking blood or inserting a cannula.

We try hard to ensure that children and their carers are happy with the care that they receive. There is a ‘feedback tree’ on the wall in the ward where you can write your feedback (positive and negative). Alternatively, you can ask a member of staff for a feedback card to fill in confidentially.

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