24 hours a day, 7 days a week
We endeavour to provide the best healthcare for your child whether as an outpatient, inpatient or at home. If admitted to the inpatient ward we will ensure the child’s stay is as short and as anxiety-free as possible. We work closely with your GP to ensure that we recommend appropriate ongoing treatment as well as provide any follow up care that they may request.
Our children’s service delivers care for approximately 5,000 patients per year including approximately 2,000 inpatients and a further 1900 attending the ambulatory care unit. Linked to the department is the Paediatric Accident and Emergency Department where approximately 23,000 patients under 16 are seen.
The medical team lead additional specialist services for children with diabetes, cancer, feeding problems, epilepsy, cystic fibrosis, weight problems and those who have graduated from neonatal intensive care. The consultants also host regular joint clinics with visiting specialists from central London hospitals for children with cardiac, growth and hormone problems, neurological and renal disorders.
The Paediatric Department also maintains strong links with specialist centres such as Great Ormond Street, St George's and Evelina Children’s Hospital, through joint specialist outpatient clinics, referral pathways and links via the nursing service.
Wards and services
Sunshine Ward is a 24 bedded inpatient ward with an additional two high dependency beds for the sickest children. In general, there are no set visiting hours for parents whose children are inpatients. There are standard facilities for a parent who wishes to stay with their child, including a parents’ sitting room with kitchen facilities.
Dolphin Ward is an ‘ambulatory care’ area providing observation, investigations and treatment for children who do not require inpatient admission. (Opening hours: 8am to 8pm)
Dolphin Ward also houses our Paediatric Assessment Unit (PAU) which is open 8am-12pm 7 days a week. Patients can be referred directly to PAU from A&E and or your GP.
The Children’s Outpatients Department provides general paediatric clinics and some specialist medical, nursing and therapist clinics (9am to 6pm Monday to Friday)
The Paediatric Outreach Nursing Team (PONT) provides nursing care and advice for children at home, school and nursery (8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm weekends) who are under the care of a Kingston GP.
Paediatric Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialists (Monday to Friday 9-5pm)
Paediatric Oncology Nurse Specialists (Monday to Friday 9.30-5.30)
Play specialist team provides play, distraction, preparation for procedures and guided imagery (Monday to Saturday)
Momentum is an independent charity based in Kingston upon Thames which supports children with cancer and life-limiting conditions. Momentum has been fundraising for projects in the Paediatric department at Kingston Hospital since 2004. Visit Momentum's website to find out more about the work the charity does, plus how you can help or make a donation www.moment-um.org
Referrals available via the e-Referral Service
Paediatric Rapid Access & Prolonged Jaundice – referrals to be made to firstname.lastname@example.org
Patients can be discussed with on call Paediatric Registrar on bleep 732. Please contact the hospital switchboard to be connected.