Inpatient Services for Children in Lewisham
The Children’s Inpatient Ward consists of 16 beds/cots and provides a wide range of medical services for children and young people.
It also houses specialised services for cystic fibrosis and sickle cell disease, and includes a four-bedded adolescent bay, which provides an appropriate environment for teenagers in need of medical, surgical and nursing care.
You can call the ward directly on 020 8333 3141 or 020 8333 3015.
Who is the service for?
The service cares for children aged 0-16 years with a variety of medical conditions.
What services are provided?
The service provides inpatient care for children aged 0-16 years with both medical and minor surgical conditions, including:
- Respiratory Medicine
- Minor Surgeries
- Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)
- Medical day case facilities
How can you get a referral?
Children are admitted directly from the Children’s Emergency Department and Outpatients Department.
Why choose Lewisham Children’s Inpatient Services?
Children’s Inpatient Services are supported by a full range of paediatric medical staff – consultant paediatrician, ENT and Orthopaedic team, junior doctors team, nursing staff, play staff and professions allied to medicine; physiotherapist, dietician, pharmacist.
What else do people need to know?
- The Chapel is in the Waterloo block.
- The Hospital Chaplains are available to offer support and spiritual or religious care 24 hours a day for any patients, relatives or friends.
- 4pm on weekdays
Facilities for resident parents and carers
- For fire safety, only one parent or carer may be resident with their child overnight
- Camp beds are provided for use between 8pm and 8am
- The Harris Suite has five rooms for resident family. These rooms are intended for those whose child is critically ill and live very far from the hospital
- The Parents’ Lounge is located at the back of the receptionists’ desk. It has soft chairs, settee, a coffee table and a television.
Food and drink
- We provide meals for patients and breast-feeding mothers
- Discounts are available on hot meals for carers whose children are in hospital for two days or longer
- There are also hot and cold drinks machines in the Parent’s Lounge, which are coin operated
- The hospital restaurant is located just outside the Children’s Inpatient ward and serves both hot and cold dishes. Hot food is served till 3pm. It is open from:
- 7am to 6pm - Monday to Friday
- 8am to 4pm - Weekend
- In the interest of safety, parents are not allowed to take their hot drinks or food on the ward.
Meal times for Children and Young People
- Breakfast: 8am
- Lunch: 12pm
- Dinner: 5pm
- This is particularly useful and therapeutic to those with sensory impairment.
Nurse shift times
- 7.30am to 8.30pm
- 8pm to 8am
- Car parking within the hospital grounds is very limited but there are spaces available.
- Parking can be arranged for parent/carers with children admitted to hospital for a reduced fee of £6-00 per day.
- Open on weekdays between 8am and 4pm.
- Supported by play specialists who are also very experienced in preparing children for various procedures and treatments.
- Siblings can only use the playroom under the supervision of parents/carers.
- Food and drinks are not allowed in the playroom.
- Open during term time from 9.30am to 2.45pm.
- Two teachers are available.
- If well enough, all school age children are legally required to attend.
- School age children who do not attend will not be allowed in the playroom during school hours.
Facilities for teenagers
- There is a lounge for teenagers next to the teenager bay on the Children’s Inpatient Ward.
- It has a settee, soft chairs, television, computer games, and music centre.
- This is intended solely for their own use.
Televisions and telephones (Patientline)
- There is a television and telephone service called Patientline beside each bed on the ward. The television is active between 10am and 9pm and is free.
- Outgoing telephone calls can be made with the purchase of a Patientline telephone card. Cards can be obtained from a machine outside the ward.
- There is also a pay phone just in front of the ward kitchen for outgoing calls.
- Parents/carers can visit the ward at any time.
- Friends and other relations are requested to visit from 3pm to 7pm.
- For health and safety and in the interest of patient privacy up to two visitors are permitted at the bedside at any given time.
- Siblings and young visitors must be supervised by an adult at all times. They must not run around the ward.