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St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides a full range of General Paediatric Medicine inpatient, ambulatory 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  Paediatric Medical inpatients; Pinckney Ward has 15 beds, mostly in cubicles for specialist services such as Oncology, Haematology and Infectious Diseases; Nicholls ward provides 9 beds for patients with Neurological conditions as well as hosting the Surgical inpatient beds.  Five inpatient beds were opened in 2008 on Pinckney Ward to accommodate Paediatric Oncology inpatients, thus becoming a joint Children’s Cancer Centre with the Royal Marsden Hospital. Jungle Ward has 12 beds for children having day-case treatments or procedures. There are fouteen Paediatric Intensive Care Unit beds for critically ill children. The Children’s Ambulatory Unit in the Blue Sky Centre manages children and young people receiving specialist Paediatric Medical input but who do not require overnight hospital stays.  This takes referrals directly from primary care and from the Emergency Department for children with urgent care needs.

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. The  Child Development Centre was opened in May 2009, generously supported by charitable funding, where children with Neurodevelopmental disorders and Epilepsy are seen. The Centre also houses specialist services such as Physiotherapy, Psychology and Speech and Language Therapy. In addition, Paediatric consultants work closely with local primary care providers, with a consultant ‘hot line’ telephone service for local GPs, daily ‘hot clinics’ for rapid access to a consultant opinion and clinics in community settings, including local GP practices and the St John’s Centre in Battersea.  Paediatric Specialists also provide outreach clinics to regional hospitals.



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