The Trust’s paediatricians provide a combination of uutpatient (visiting a doctor for a short appointment) and in patient (staying in hospital) services. Paediatricians are doctors who have trained specifically in children’s medicine.
We have three children’s wards. One is a baby ward that cares for children up to the age of two, one is a children’s ward that cares for children between two and sixteen years old and one is a ward that cares for all children who need to have surgery. (The age ranges attached to the wards may be altered for children with special needs.)
Specially trained children’s nurses, nursery nurses and health care assistants run the wards.
If a child needs to have further treatment at home, the children’s community nurses will visit them at home, and give treatment.
We have a Children’s Outpatient department – the Niall Quinn Centre – which provides a range of appointments for children including general medicine, surgery, genetics, orthopaedics, hearing, enuresis, neuro-physiology and cleft palate clinics.
There are two consultants who specialise in providing diagnosis, treatment and support for children and young people with disabilites and their families
Some of our services are provided outside the hospital – in the community. There are lots of different parts to the community paediatrics branch of the Directorate, including:
- Looked After Children/Vulnerable Children Service – provides assessments and treatments for children who are looked after by the local authority, or who are involved in the child protection system.
- Audiology – providing hearing testing for children.
- Enuresis – help for children with bedwetting (referred through school nursing).
- Children with Special Educational Needs.
- Difficulties that are affecting their overall developments.
All of the community and specialist nurses are based within Niall Quinn Children’s Outpatient Department.
Children are referred to the service if they have a nursing need that requires some intervention within the home following admission to hospital, or if they have a long term nursing need due to a chronic or long term health condition.
The community and specialist nurses support and advise children and families with specific illnesses and conditions. Many of the specialist nurses run nurse led clinics as well as attending or seeing children in consultant’s clinics. They also advise any health practitioners within the hospital and the community as well as non-health professionals such as teachers, social workers, childminders, voluntary or social groups involved with the child, young person or family.
The community services are available during office hours, although the staff occasionally work earlier and later to meet the needs of the child and families they will be visiting.
This is a 26 bedded ward that specialises in Ear, Nose and Throat, Orthopaedics and Trauma, Community Dental and some general surgery.
All planned ENT surgical admissions are seen in the Pre Admissions and Assessment Clinic by a senior nurse who will provide written and verbal information about the time in hospital, what is planned and obtain all of the necessary information in readiness for admission. Children and families will also meet a nursery nurse who using stories, teddies, books or pictures, (whichever is more appropriate for the child) will prepare them for their time in hospital and all that is expected to happen. The nursery nurse will also support and advise parents about what information is useful to discuss again with the child just prior to admission.
The types of ENT surgery commonly admitted to F63 are:
- Insertion of grommets
- Examination of Post Nasal Space
- Bone anchored hearing aid surgery
All children who are having ENT surgery now use the hospitals theatre playroom which is staffed by Paediatric staff and aims to minimise anxiety whilst waiting to go into theatre.
We also cater for children undergoing Oral Facial Surgery
- Dental exposures
- Dental extractions
- Fractured jaw surgery
- Scar revision surgery
- Botox to submandibular glands
- Release of tongue tie
- Toilet and suturing to facial wounds i.e. dog bites, facial lacerations
The ward also has many staff experienced in the care of the child with differing orthopaedic conditions.
Children can be admitted for many reasons:
- Trauma-fractures of arms and legs etc.
- Limb lengthening – e.g. using Ilizarov and taylor spatial frames
- Hip reconstruction surgery
- Corrective foot surgery
- Hand surgery i.e. trigger thumb, tendon repairs
- Children requiring traction
We also cater for children undergoing general surgical procedures
- Hernia repair
- Orchidopexy surgery
- Nail avulsion surgery
- Removal of cysts
We also provide surgery for children who require
- Insertion of PEG
- We also provide day case procedures/investigations
- MRI Scans
- CT scans
Children who are booked to come in for elective surgery that will involve a lengthy stay or longer follow up are now also offered an appointment in Pre Admission Assessment Clinic. Parents and Carers are able to stay with their child throughout their time in hospital. The ward is able to provide some limited facilities, z beds, shower, tea and coffee making facilities.
Ward Manager- Maria Lynn
Telephone- 0191 5699 763
This is a ward comprising of 11 cubicles and admits babies from birth- 2 years. There are limited facilities (sofa beds) in every cubicle for parents to stay with their children. Parents also have access to shower, coffee and tea making facilities and will be able to use the hospital canteen at a subsidized rate.
The ward admits children requiring treatment/support with such conditions as:
- Neurological problems
- Failure to Thrive
- Emergency Surgery
There is a two-bedded high dependency unit within this ward caring for children with airway, breathing, circulation problems, and post-operatively for major surgery.
This unit provides skilled staff, the most recent equipment in a centralised position and enables the safe management of seriously ill children within the Directorate. There will still be occassions when children will require intensive care and the medical staff are able to organise transfers to local Paediatric Intensive Care providers.
The Ward Manager for F65 has established close links with all of the Sure Start Projects in the City. Sure Start can offer ongoing advice and support within the community and is invaluable to families with young children.
All children discharged from this ward, if living in a Sure Start area should be referred to the Sure Start services.
Ward Manager – Joanne Mckenna
Telephone – 0191 5699 765
This is a 22 bedded ward for acute and planned medical and surgical admissions for children from aged 2 to school leavers.
The ward layout includes cubicles for children and ward bays and the ward design was achieved following discussion with nursing staff and families in our care.
The ward has been designed with differing age ranges in mind and includes 4 adolescent beds in two separate bays, there are separate shower and sitting areas for adolescent patients.
The ward deals with a huge cross range of health problems.
The following are some of the conditions cared for on the ward:
- Endocrine problems
- Children with Special Needs
- Neurological Disorders
- Respiratory- Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis
- Self Harm
- Infective Medicine
- Emergency Surgery
The ward works with support of a dedicated Peadiatric Medical team, child and family therapists and specialist community nurses. The ward works closely in shared care with Newcastle Health Care Trust, this enables Children with chronic health care problems to be seen by In-patient and Community children’s services close to their home area whilst having access Specialist Paediatric Medical and Nursing advice.
The ward has key areas of best practice and has worked nationally to develop new approaches toward asthma care and children’s pain management. The ward has successfully published work via the Royal College of Nursing in these two key areas.
Both patient and parent facilities have been developed following discussion with the families in our care, there is access to the Unit’s resident parents sitting area with free beverages and TV. There is a separate shower facility for resident carers and sleeping facilities are available for resident parents in the form of Z beds and sofa beds.
Ward Manager-Richard Allsop
Telephone-0191 5699 764
Dr Geoff Lawson – 0191 565 6256 ext 42488
Mrs Joanna Clark – 0191 565 6256 ext 42588
Pauline Palmer – 0191 565 6256
The Children’s Outpatient Department (The Niall Quinn Centre) is located next to the Kayll Road Entrance to the hospital.
The Children’s Wards are located on F Floor in the main hospital block
The Children’s Centre including Central Clinic and the Child Development Unit is located on Durham Road.