My child's health at school
Our school nursing team works with children and young people to improve their health and wellbeing. Our school nurses can advise or signpost to information and help on many health matters, including bullying, obesity and nutrition, drugs, and sex and relationships.
We also offer support to school staff to help every child attend school regularly, and reach their full potential.
Our aim is to ensure children and young people get the possible start in life, by monitoring their health and promoting good habits from an early age, including vaccinations.
School nurses work with families and children and young people from when they start school at age 4 or 5, up to 19 years of age.
Our school nursing team provides different services to different schools in Enfield.
We will update this section of our website soon with information about what we offer at each school.
My child's inpatient stay
At North Middlesex Hospital we have two children’s inpatient wards. They are based on Level 1 and level 2 of the Tower.
Our wards have well established links to other specialist centres and we provide acute and elective care across a range of clinical specialities including oncology, haematology, urology, ophthalmology and orthopaedics.
Level 1 is Starlight Ward. Starlight ward is a 9 bedded short stay ward, looking after children, between 0-16 years, for up to 48 hours. It is linked to our Paediatric Assessment Unit (PAU) and has been recently refurbished to provide a welcoming environment. Our PAU is a 24/7 facility for the assessment and treatment of children who require care from home or have to stay longer after an A&E visit. We also provide day surgery and occasional rapid assessment clinics.
For parents whose children are staying on Starlight Ward, you can download an information leaflet here: Starlight Ward Parent Information Leaflet.docx [docx] 349KB
Level 2 is Rainbow Ward. Rainbow Ward is a 25 bedded Unit providing a wide range of acute general and specialist medical services to children and young people. Children and young people are admitted for conditions such as diabetes, haematology, gastroenterology, asthma and allergy. Rainbow ward admits patients from A&E, other hospitals and from Starlight Short Stay Unit for patients that require longer than 48hours stay in hospital.
The nurses and doctors on the wards are supported by specialist nurses, therapies, Practice Development team and Children Safeguarding team. There are also other members of the multi professional team members who provide family centred care to all children and family. They also build warm and supportive relationships with children and family ensuring that they are kept informed of progress and of care and treatment plans at all times
On the wards you will see lots of different members of staff. For example, Domestics, Porters, Hostesses, Nurses, Doctors, Play Specialists, Play Workers, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Dieticians, Speech and Language Therapists and the Paediatric Liaison Team. Everyone on the ward is there to help make your stay as easy as possible. You will get your own bed to sleep in and cupboard to keep all your things safe. Someone can also say with you when you are in hospital and will get their own bed to sleep on beside you.
The play team
The play team can provide you with toys, activities and entertainment during your inpatient stay. They have a range of games, toys, art and craft materials and sensory play equipment so there is something for everyone! The team also has TVs/DVD players and consoles. These are shared between all patients in the hospital so it is a good idea to bring important things with you that help reduce your worries and boredom (See the link to FAQ section ‘what can I bring with me to hospital’).
Please ask a member of the play team who will be very happy to help with this during your stay.
My child's outpatient stay
Our Paediatric Outpatients Department is located on floor -1 in the main building.
When you arrive for your appointment first you must sign in at reception. The receptionist will ask for your name and who you are here to see. You can help them out by bringing your clinic letter with you so they can book you in quicker.
The clinics can get really busy you may be asked to wait before your appointment. It’s a good idea to bring something to do with you so you don’t get too bored waiting. There is a play area in all the clinics with toys and activities to do. You can also speak to the Play Team who can provide extra activities. They are there to help you with your clinic appointment and you can speak to them if you are feeling worried. Children come into hospital for all different reasons.
You may meet some of these members of staff in outpatients: Nurses, Doctors, Play Specialists, Play Workers, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Dieticians, Speech and Language Therapists, Phlebotomists and Clinical Psychologists.
My child's day stay appointment
Paediatric Day Assessment Unit (PDAU) is based on level -1 within Children's Outpatients. Children and young people come here for all different reasons.
When you arrive for your appointment, you will first meet with the receptionist or a nurse who will ask for your name and your birthday.
If you need a bed you will be shown this or some children just need a chair for their test or procedure. A nurse or healthcare worker will then talk to you and your caregiver. Depending on why you have come you may have your temperature or blood pressure taken and a name band put on your wrist. You will also be weighed and heighted to see how tall you are. The nurse will then ask your caregiver some questions and explain what will happen next.
Some children are not allowed to eat before they come to the day unit but after your treatment or test you will be offered a meal to have before you go home. Your caregiver can help you choose what you would like for the menu and it will be brought to you.
There are many toys and activities for you to play with while you wait in the waiting room for your test or procedure to begin.
You may also meet with a play specialist. The play specialist is there to help you understand what will happen. They may show you a preparation book of pictures of the rooms you might see that day. He/she can answer any questions that you have about being in the hospital. The play specialist will be able to bring you toys, DVDs, arts and craft activities that you can play with while you wait for your procedure. Please remember to bring important things with you that help you if you are feeling bored or worried. Play resources are limited and shared between all patients in the hospital.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
What can I bring with me to hospital?
- Some spare clothes and pyjamas
- Something to remind you of home, friends and family e.g your favourite pillow, blanket and photos
- Toys to help if you get bored
Who can stay with me in hospital?
- Your parent/carer can stay with you in hospital. There is a bed next to yours where one person can stay.
- Visiting times vary depending on which ward you are on. Please ask a member of staff when you arrive.
Is there WiFi
- If you want to go online on your phone or tablet, there’s free WiFi at North Middlesex Hospital. You can ask a member of staff to help you get online.