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Paediatric Department

Children and young people can spend as little as a few hours in the Paediatric Unit at Queen Alexandra Hospital but some can spend days or many weeks on the wards, depending on their condition or needs. We recognise that having a child in hospital can be a stressful time for both the child and their family and the following information will hopefully provide you with an introduction to the unit and answer any questions you may have.

The Paediatric Unit is now based on A Level at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Main Entrance.  Services include planned and emergency care for children.  The Paediatric service is a large complex District General Hospital service providing acute care for a population of approximately 100,000 children.  We care for more than 7,000 emergency medical admissions each year plus planned and emergency surgical conditions.  The acute service has a Children's Assessment Unit, two inpatient wards, an area dedicated for Day Surgery and a large Outpatient facility.  We are also privileged to have a dedicated Paediatric x-ray department within our footprint.  We provide specialised paediatric services and currently have four chronic disease groups with Clinical Nurse Specialist staff managing those services.

Paediatric entrance

All the staff work as a team and whilst your child is with us, you will be encouraged to become part of that team, caring for your child and contributing to the decisions made about their care and treatment.  It is important to us that we offer all our patients a good experience and we would like any feedback whether positive or if you had a problem so we can continue to improve our services.

Please feel free to discuss any problems with the nursing staff or request to speak to the Ward Sister, nurse in charge or the Matron. The Matron is responsible for the smooth running of the Paediatric Unit and to provide a visible, accessible and authoritative presence, providing someone to whom parents and their families can turn to for assistance, advice and support.

The Paediatric Unit has various wards where your child may be treated: 

  • Children's Assessment Unit (CAU)
  • Starfish
  • Shipwreck
  • Paediatric Outpatients 

Please click here to view a compliance statement regarding delivering single sex accommodation for children and young people.

Please click here for information on a parents and young people meeting taking place on 28 September 2015, which includes food tasting.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has an obligation to safeguard children. Our policy can be found here

WellChild has launched "My Child is in Pain" for parents who want to know how to help manage their child’s pain after surgery. This resource helps parents understand how children respond to pain and guides them through how to tell if their child is in pain. Please to go www.mychildisinpain.org.uk which is an external site to the hospital website.

To contact the Paediatric department please call the hospital switchboard on 023 9228 6000 and ask for the following extension:

  • Shipwreck Ward - 6391 
  • Starfish - 3341/3215
  • Child Assessment Unit - 4326
  • Paediatric Outpatients - 3335/3336

The Paediatric department receives lots of kind donations and visits from local businesses, charities and the public which the children thoroughly enjoy, however, due to the nature of some of the children's illnesses these have to be co-ordinated by the Nurse in charge.

Gifts and visits will take place mainly in the play room of the children’s wards, visitors may be escorted to some of the children who are not be able to attend the playroom, because of security and the risk of infection these will be kept to a minimum. This will always be arranged with the permission of the family.

If you would like to arrange a visit please contact the communications department on: 02392 286 813 or email: communications@porthosp.nhs.uk

Portsmouth NHS Trust is committed to delivering the best quality care in order to achieve the highest quality outcomes.  Please help us to uphold our vision in order to help sick children and their families.

Thank you very much for supporting the Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust Paediatric department.

Please click here for an inpatient children's survey, and click here for a young person inpatient and day case surgery survey. 

For general enquiries, comments and feedback relating to Women and Children’s services please email Claire.Abbott@porthosp.nhs.uk.

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Last updated - 08 September 2015
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