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St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides a full range of General Paediatric Medicine inpatient and outpatient services. In addition, the department also provides specialist and tertiary services to the region. These include paediatric endocrinology, paediatric gastroenterology, paediatric neurology, paediatric allergy and paediatric infectious disease services, paediatric oncology and paediatric haematology.

There are five children’s wards. Frederick Hewitt Ward has 17 beds for general paediatric inpatients, Pinckney Ward has 15 beds, mostly in cubicles for specialist services such as Oncology, Haematology and Infectious Diseases, and there are nine beds in Ocean ward for children with neurological conditions. Jungle Ward has 12 beds for children having treatments or procedures and going home on the same day. There are eight Paediatric Intensive Care Unit beds for critically ill children.

The new Children’s Development Centre was opened in may 2009, generously supported by charitable funding, where children with developmental disorders and epilepsy are seen. The centre also houses specialist services such as physiotherapy and speech and language therapists. The Dragon Children’s Outpatient Centre was opened in 2007 providing modern accommodation for all of the paediatric clinics, general and specialist in the hospital.

Five new inpatient beds were opened in 2008 to accommodate paediatric oncology inpatients, thus becoming a joint Children’s Cancer Centre with the Royal Marsden Hospital.

Two consultant paediatric haematologists and a second oncologist were appointed in 2009. This has supported oncology work on the site and will allow the trust to re-commence Paediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant services.

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