Paediatric Services FAQs

How quickly can I get an appointment with a paediatrician?

This can vary according to availability, but same day appointments are possible. Alternatively, they can be made at your convenience in advance.  

What if my child is ill at night or at the weekend? 

Unfortunately, we do not offer an out of hours or weekend service at the moment. If your child becomes ill during these times we suggest that you contact NHS Direct by calling 0845 4647. 

What sort of conditions can a paediatrician treat?  

If you are concerned about any aspect of your child’s health or development, the paediatricians would be pleased to see you. However, if your child is acutely unwell or needs emergency treatment, we must advise you to go to your GP or nearest Accident and Emergency Department in the normal way. 

What ages of children can be seen?

We can see children of all ages from 0 months to 16-years-old. 

What specialist facilities for babies and children do you have? 

We aim to support the needs of all children and families attending the hospital, and of course we comply fully with the Healthcare Commission requirements for paediatrics in hospitals. There is a team of specialist paediatric staff to support the consultant paediatricians, and you and your child are very welcome to wait in the children’s play area when you come for your consultation.

If you have any other questions, please call 01256 357111 or make an online enquiry.