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.

Essential information


1st Floor
Green Zone
University Hospital Lewisham

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You can call the ward directly on 020 8333 3141 or 020 8333 3015.

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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:

  • Neonatology
  • Haemoglobinopathy
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Diabetics
  • Minor Surgeries
  • Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)
  • Orthopaedics
  • 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.

Doctors' Rounds

  • 8am
  • 4pm on weekdays
  • 9pm

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

Multi-sensory room

  • 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.

School room

  • 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.