Medical Ward

Level 9C, Surgical Ward and Surgical High Dependency Unit (HDU)

  • Telephone: 01273 696955 Extension 2416
  • Fax: 01273 523131
  • Ward Manager: Helen Silk

With 31 beds in total, the medical ward incorporates the four-bedded Oncology Day care Ward. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and cares for babies, children and young people up to the age of 19.

Access to the ward is strictly controlled by a video entry system for visitors and by electronic card access for staff that have access rights for the ward. The entrances to the ward are monitored 24 hours a day by video cameras linked to our security control room. All of this ensures that children remain in a safe environment whilst in the care of the teams on the ward.

The paediatric team is led by ward manager Helen Silk and supported by a compliment of highly experienced paediatric nurses, surgical, medical and allied healthcare professionals, all of whom specialise in the care of children and young people.

Helen and her staff care for children with a wide range of medical conditions, including cystic fibrosis, asthma, diabetes, oxygen dependency, infectious diseases, complex needs, overdoses, psychiatric issues such as self harming and chest infections such as pneumonia, respiratory and metabolic disorders.

The approach to care is family centred, providing a comfortable and therapeutic environment. Care is provided in partnership with the individual child or young person, and their family or carers. The ward is supported by dedicated play specialists who will spend time with children and young people during their stay. To support their work, the ward has a dedicated play area with toys for children and a separate room for adolescents with play stations, pool table and TV. Also on the ward is a kitchen with fridge, freezer and microwave for parents use as well as a parent’s lounge with vending machine.

The ward has 19 single bedrooms with their own bathrooms, giving children and their parents or carers plenty of privacy and quiet. Two of these are designed for older children, with a semi-separated parents’ bedroom for more privacy. The other beds are in roomy four-bed bays with an en suite bathroom. These have plenty of central space for parents to sit and children to play with toys.

All bedrooms have specially designed low-level windows for children to look out of when they’re lying in bed. All beds have a television allowing children access to a range of channels, from children’s programmes, to documentaries and films. There are also pay phones by the side of the beds, so that parents and children can remain in contact with one another.

Mealtimes on the ward are protected times for children and young people. The menus are carefully chosen to be nutritious and feature food that children will recognise and eat. Vegetarian options are provided and, as the food is prepared on the ward, the hostess staff will try to provide something that a child would prefer if it is not on the menu.

Where necessary the Hospitals’ team of Community Nurses will provide ongoing care for children at home. These Nurses will visit the children on the ward before they are discharged and then will continue to visit them at home for as long as required. Some children who live locally may be allowed to go out for a few hours between doses of medication.

The entire nursing, surgical and medical team works collaboratively to ensure that the children of Sussex and Kent are afforded the highest quality of care so that they can recover and return home to their families as soon as possible.