Children's Services

Working together in an organised, efficient manner, our team aim to deliver the highest standards of care for children.

With a commitment to continuous improvement, lean working practices and innovation, our ultimate vision is to advance the health and wellbeing of all children.

We look after all children who either come into the hospital in an emergency or those children and young people who have longer term health problems. 

The service included emergency assessment and short stay (PEAPOD) within the Emergency care centre, a children’s day unit based on ward 20 and children’s outpatients. Some children need to stay in the hospital for a short length of time for further observation. Parents are encouraged to stay with them.

As we are a training unit our team includes doctors in training and also nursing and medical students. Critically ill children can be treated immediately at the QE Gateshead but sometimes it may be necessary to transfer children to the GNCH (Great North Children’s Hospital) in Newcastle. There is a specialist retrieval team to transfer children to the children’s intensive care unit there if necessary.

We have a nursery nurse who works on the unit. She will provide play activities and distraction for your child during their stay and when undergoing investigations and procedures. We have play areas both within the PEAPOD, on The Children’s Outpatients and Day Unit which are well equipped and cater for all ages.

We would ask that children are supervised whilst on the department. We have a comprehensive information booklet available for you to read which outlines the reasons why we have certain rules that we respectively ask you to follow during your stay. In order to prevent hospital infections could we please ask you and your visitors to wash your hands regularly and to use the alcohol gel provided before entering and leaving the department. 

We work closely with the local community and value their opinions and suggestions. The local Youth Council have been involved in a number of projects including a competition to help with the design of the theme for the PEAPOD.

"The service we received this evening was fantastic"

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