Squirrel on a tree  Welcome to Paediatrics. You can use these pages to find out more about the services that we provide to the children of Plymouth.

We are located up on level 12 of the hospital, and have many different areas and services available across the floor.

This information can be accessed by parents and carers, children and teenagers and may help you feel better prepared for your appointment or stay with us.


Wildgoose ward

Our experienced and friendly team of specialist children’s doctors, nurses, therapists, healthcare assistants and other staff provide safe and effective care for all of our young patients and families on Wildgoose ward.

Ladybird with umbrella Wildgoose ward has 15 beds, this consists of 2 bays; one for males and one for females and 5 cubicles.

The ward manager for Wildgoose is Helen Little and the Junior Sister is Laura Crawford.

We care for children age 11-16 years with a wide variety of medical, surgical, mental health and oncology conditions.

There is a fantastic games room situated on the ward, where you will find a pool table, football table, Playstation, Xbox, DVD player and lots of other fun activities to help with your recovery during your hospital stay.

There is a school room based on Wildgoose ward where you will find a teacher to help with school based activities if you happen to be in hospital for a long period.


Woodcock Ward

Woodcock Ward is a 14 bedded acute ward caring for babies and young children between the ages of 10 days up until a child's 11th birthday. We provide nursing care for all types of medical illnesses and conditions in this age group as well as other specialities such as Plastic Surgery, Maxillo Facial, General Surgery and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT).

Squirrel lifting weightWe allow one parent/carer to stay with each child, who is supported in their child's care needs by a member of the nursing team who are assisted by a Health Care Assistant. Please check the most current visiting policy with ward staff at the time of your child's admission as this can be subject to change due to external factors. You are entitled to free parking in any of our barriered car parks while your child is an inpatient. Your nurse or a member of the ward team can tell you more about this upon request during your admission.

We have a well-equipped activity centre based on the ward where you are welcome to take your child to play or relax if they are not being isolated in a side room. If your child is being isolated in a side room, one of the play specialists or a member of the ward team will be more than happy to provide your child with age-appropriate toys or sensory stimulation. Play specialists are also on hand for support to yourselves and your child during their admission and also support the nursing team with distraction techniques during frightening or difficult procedures.

We aim to provide the best possible care during your child's admission, however if you feel there is something that we could do better to improve our service, please feel free to provide us with feedback using the 'friends and family' questionnaire that you will be given prior to your child's discharge from the ward. Alternatively, you can request a discussion with the ward manager during you stay


The Children's High Dependency Unit (CHDU)

Ladybird on plant potThe children's high dependency unit (CHDU) is a four bedded unit plus a HDU cubicle. We care for children of all ages who are critically ill and require close observation and a higher level of care.  

The unit is staffed by two high dependency trained nurses, with a ratio of one nurse to two patients. We also support third year student nurses on placement here. 

We work closely with the paediatric medical team to provide excellent care to the patients needing the highest level of support. 

Alongside the Children's Assessment Unit, we recently won a PAFTA award for 'The Team of the Year'. 

On admission to our unit, we need to assess the immediate needs of your child, stabilise their condition and make them comfortable. The team involved with caring for your child will explain the treatment plan, the equipment being used and the alarms you can hear to alleviate any anxieties. We are aware it can be a very challenging and emotional time when your child is with us, however our friendly and experienced nursing team will work hard to make you as comfortable as possible.  

One parent or carer is welcome to stay at the bedside during your admission, we also have the use of three family rooms close to the unit. 

As your child's condition improves, they may be transferred to one of our paediatric wards, one step closer to home. 

If your child requires high dependency care here, you can be sure of a warm welcome and the upmost in patient care. 


Paediatrics dietitian team

Our paediatric dietitians use evidence-based practice to provide dietary support to both inpatients on the wards and to outpatients in our regular dietetic clinics to help children and young adults receive the nutrition they require to achieve optimal growth and development. Dietitians work closely with doctors, nurses, speech and language therapists, catering staff and health visitors to ensure a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. The wide range of conditions our dietitians can offer support with include:

  • Nutritional deficiencies such as iron and folate deficiencies
  • Faltering growth
  • Eating disorders
  • Obesity
  • Allergies
  • Gastrointestinal conditions such as Crohn's disease and Coeliac disease
  • Diabetes 
  • Selective eating 
  • Metabolic disorders such as phenylketonuria (PKU)

Our paediatric dietitians can also support patients that need to be fed via a feeding tube such as a nasogastric (NG) tube or gastrostomy tube (PEG) to ensure they receive the nutrition that is most appropriate for them when they are unable to fully meet their nutritional requirements through eating and drinking. 


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