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Paediatrics

PaediatricsThe Paediatric department (Children's ward) provides inpatient and outpatient treatment of medical and surgical conditions, in children from birth up to the seventeenth birthday and up to the eighteenth birthday in some cases.

The Children's ward deals with medical conditions and also provides facilities for many surgical specialties. The majority of children needing surgery can be treated in Hereford, however surgery in young children (generally under two years of age) and specialist surgery is referred to a specialist Children’s hospital, usually Birmingham.

Both the medical and surgical specialties at The County Hospital have good links with Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Several Consultants from Birmingham also run clinics in Hereford which saves the family travelling to Birmingham, and gives us the chance to meet the colleagues who treat our patients and discuss any important issues.

The Paediatric Outpatient department carries out general clinics and specialist clinics for various conditions such as diabetes, renal medicine and epilepsy. The Paediatricians also hold clinics in some of the market towns including Llandrindod, Ledbury, Ross and Leominster.

For the more specialist treatments, some children are referred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Outline of the Department

We have 24 beds in total: 4 daycase beds and 20 inpatient beds.

We offer specific paediatric nurse trained care along with a dietician, physiotherapist and play specialist. We have specific adolescent facilities including a snooker room and pool table, computers and Game Boys, along with an arts and therapy room for smaller children.

Links with other Departments

Because the Children's Ward deals with a wide range of conditions, we have links with most other departments, particularly Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), Theatres, A&E, Eign Suite and Birmingham Children's Hospital. We carry out outpatient services on site for some specialties i.e. Rheumatology, Cardiac Care, and Genetics.

We also work closely with the Community Child Health Department and Community Children's Nurses.

Young ambassadors help to improve hospital services

A group of school children from Herefordshire have been invited to voice their views to help improve hospital services for young people in the county.  To find out more or if you would like to become an ambassador click here.

Other Information

We currently have 8 Consultant Paediatricians that work with specialist services and offer community outreach including clinics in Wales, the Community Development Centre and the Kite Centre.

Childrens Ward Mural

Click here to view the magical wonderland mural on the children's ward

Tour of children’s ward

We appreciate that coming into hospital can be a difficult time for children and their families. The video below is aimed at preparing children for their visit to our hospital. We hope that they will have a better idea of what to expect when visiting or attending our children’s ward. And the film stars some of our lovely patients: Alesha, Imogen, Chloe and Misha. The film was produced by Hereford College Students Ben Harrison, Alex Wilson, George Weston, and Tom Pullen.

Contact Details

Ward Sister
Lynne Butler

Children’s Ward
(01432) 364163*

Fiona Blackwell
Lead Nurse for Paediatrics
(01432) 355444 ext. 5586

Children’s Outpatients
(01432) 372946

Consultants

Dr Iain Darwood 
Allergy and General Paediatrics
(01432) 364123

Dr S Shah
Neurodisability, Epilepsy
(01432) 364123

Dr R S Meyrick
Renal, Oncology 
(01432) 364145

Dr H Underhill
Cardiology, Palliative Care, Chronic Fatigue
(01432) 355444 ext. 4223

Dr P Krtil
General Paediatrics, Safeguarding
(01432) 364226

Dr J Clarke
Respiratory
(01432) 364242

Dr J Vickers
Rheumatology and Adolescent Medicine
(01432) 364468

Dr S Malik
Diabetes, Growth and Endocrinology
(01432) 364121

* Please note there can be a delay at times due to nursing staff working with patients.

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