Coming into hospital, even for clinic visits, can be daunting. At The James Cook University Hospital we try to make this process as comfortable and relaxed as possible.
After being referred to the spinal team at the hospital, children and young people are seen by one of the spinal consultants and/or a spinal fellow and the specialist nurse in the children’s (paediatric) outpatient department. This is a busy, child-friendly department that caters for the needs of children and families.
Some children will just need regular appointments to monitor their condition. This often involves having x-rays, so the team in x-ray are used to helping children and families in their department.
Children admitted for surgery come to ward 22. This ward is a designated children’s surgery and trauma ward. Please see link to their welcome letter below.
After surgery, the first one or two nights are spent in the paediatric critical care unit (PCCU) which is a specialist intensive care unit for babies and children.
Both ward 22 and PCCU are fully staffed by nurses qualified in children’s nursing.