Specialities dealt with by this ward: Children's Conditions
The staff on Buxton ward care for children aged 0-16 years. The ward has 33 beds. The ward encompasses a broad range of specialities including paediatric medicine and surgery, orthopaedics, ear, nose, and throat, plastic surgery, dermatology, ophthalmology, and oral health. There are dedicated high dependency beds for children requiring high dependency care.
All registered nursing staff have completed a three year training programme specifically related to the nursing care of children. The majority of staff have completed degree level training. All student nurses entering their training form Sept 2011 will be undertaking a graduate course. There are approximately 40 registered nurses working on Buxton ward. Most work a 12 hour shift.
There is a strong ethos amongst the nursing staff of involving the family or carers throughout the admission and discharge process. Please do get involved in your childs care and the decisions made about their care. The nursing staff on the ward recognise that you are the experts in your childs care and appreciate any information and assistance you can offer them.
Many of the nursing staff on the ward have a wide ranging experience of looking after many different conditions and specialities from the routine to the more complicated surgical patients and patients requiring High Dependency care. We have designated high dependency beds on the ward which have a higher nurse to patient ratio and the nursing staff working in HDU have all the necessary skills to care for children requiring additional nursing input. Apart for the very newly qualified nurses all nursing staff can administer intravenous medication.
At the beginning of each shift you will be introduced to the nurse looking after you and you should in the first instance direct any questions you have to them. There is an allocated shift coordinator (usually one of the senior nurses from the ward) who has responsibility for the general running of the ward. Buxton ward is managed by the Senior Nurse for In-patient Paediatrics, Emma Dolman.
In addition to the registered nursing staff the ward also has a small but skilled team of unregistered nurses (health care assistants). They may work alongside the registered nurses on the ward and in some cases are able to deliver some of the nursing care your child needs.
The ward has two housekeepers who are responsible for the general housekeeping duties and ensuring that familes and children have all the necessary bedding and equipment they require for their stay.
We also have a team of hospital Play Specialists and Play Assistants who are responsible for ensuring all children have activities for keeping occupied. Often activities will be set up in the play room or, if required, at the bedside. Preparation for procedures and distraction during procedures such as bloods being taken or dressing changes is a large part of the play team's work.
For more information about what to bring if you will be staying in hospital and the facilities for children, adolescents, and parents, please follow the link below:
Visiting Details:We do not have set visiting hours and welcome visitors for most of the day. We do ask that parents only visit between 12:30 and 14:00.
Siblings and children are also welcome to visit but must be supervised by an adult at all times. Parents of babies and young children should be aware of the possible infection risk. We appreciate visitors leaving the ward by 19:30 (except parents or resident family member).
How to Find UsThe ward is located on Level 2 in the West Block
Please use the Jenny Lind Children's Department entrance/s and follow the signs to Buxton Ward
If you are coming by car and need to park, the closest carpark/s are B and C
Contact DetailsMain Telephone Number: 01603 287405
Fax Number: 01603 287211
We are sometimes asked by parents about facilities for private patients. Currently, we do not offer specific facilities for private patients.