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.
Our Starlight Ward is a 16 bedded ward looking after both short and longer stay children aged 0-16. The ward will provide care for all patients including those admitted with conditions such as diabetes, haematology, gastroenterology, and asthma and allergy conditions. One cubicle on the ward will remain empty at all times in order to accommodate oncology patients requiring admission to the unit in a timely manner should this be required.
For parents whose children are staying on Starlight Ward, you can download an information leaflet here: Starlight Ward Parent Information Leaflet.docx [docx] 349KB
Paediatric Assessment Unit
Our Paediatric Assessment unit is a brand new 11 bedded unit attached to Paediatric Emergency Department. It is a 24-hour facility for the assessment and treatment of children of our community who require urgent care, as well as bedding up to 6 inpatients as required. The service provides fast track access for the review of Oncology and Haematology patients and has well established links with tertiary care centres in the surrounding area and boroughs.
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.