Ward H1 - Children's Medical
Ward H1 is a 24 bed General Medical unit catering for patients aged from birth to 18 years old, requiring care from many different specialties. Specialities include General medicine, Respiratory, Neurology, Endocrine, Gastroenterology and Infectious Diseases.
The Nursing Unit Manager (NUM) is responsible for running the ward. Supporting the NUM in their role is a team of dedicated nursing staff including our specialised nursing staff for each medical team.
Additional health professionals include:
- Social workers
- Occupational therapists
- Speech pathologists
The ward is made up of four 4 bed rooms and eight single isolation rooms, two of which are high dependency rooms.
As the ward caters for a variety of different illnesses, it is requested you to stay in your room when nursing staff indicate the need to. There may be have infectious /contagious medical conditions on the ward and staying in your room protects both you and other patients.
When you are admitted as a private patient staff will try to accommodate you in a single room when possible. There is also the possibility when you are put into a private room that you will be moved out to accommodate an infectious patient or a patient with a more serious condition.
This can occur at anytime during your admission.
Staying in H1
Throughout your stay in H1 you will meet many nursing staff. Each shift one nurse will be allocated to looking after your child and your family as a whole. The hospital has a ‘Partnership in care' approach to caring for your child. You know your child the best and all staff are here to assist you with your sick child.
Children find security in their parents/carers and because of this we offer a place for ONE parent/carer to be with their child overnight, providing a bed beside their child. It is understandble that not all parents/carers are able to stay due to other commitments and therefore you may be able to make arrangements for another carer of your choice over the age of 18yrs to stay with your child while they are in hospital.
While in hospital the nursing staff and doctors will talk to you in person about your child, if you have any concerns please speak to your nurse or doctor. No information will be given out to anyone over the phone regarding your child.
Visiting hours are unlimited for parents and carers, other family may visit from 10am - 8pm (at the latest). We have strict visiting access for infectious patients; please check with your nurse before entering rooms, especially young children and the elderly.
Hot drinks (due to burns risk) are not permitted anywhere on the ward. If you would like to leave the ward to have a hot drink please talk to the nurse looking after your child and let them know you are leaving.
After being seen by your Doctor in the morning and you are told you are going home, there can be a wait for your paperwork. This is because the Doctors need to see all the other patients on the ward and attend to the paperwork for all families going home.
This paperwork is an important part of your hospital stay as it tells you what happened while you were in hospital and what to do when you go home. A copy of your paperwork will be sent to your nominated GP. If you require a medical certificate for work or day care please ask your Doctors when you are discussing going home.
Some children require medications when they go home and these will generally be supplied for a short period of time by the hospital. Pharmacy can sometimes take a little time to dispense your medication.
Transport back home will need to be arranged by the parent/carer. Some patients may need non-emergency patient transport to home via state ambulance. These patients will be assessed as being medically unable to make their own way home from hospital.
Ph: (02)49 213260