Paediatrics (Children’s services)

About us

Paediatrics is the branch of medicine which focuses on the development of children and the diagnosis and treatment of childhood illness. The paediatric department is based in the newly refurbished Caroline Thorpe Ward on level 2 of the Ladywell Unit and provides a secure child friendly environment. The department runs a variety of specialist clinics, which are held in the Children’s’ outpatient department on level 2 of the main hospital. These include:

  • Paediatric cardiology
  • Cystic Fibrosis and Respiratory disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Endocrinology
  • Premature Baby follow up
  • Haematology
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Opthalmology
  • Nephrology

The members of the department work closely with the community children’s services to ensure that any support required by your child outside of hospital is put in place. The department also works closely with colleagues in the adult services as well.

The nursing and medical staff working on the ward are highly experienced as they are constantly working with children of all ages. Being able to communicate appropriately with them and their parents/carers is a key part of their work. They also play an important role in assessing the needs of the child taking into account their medical, social, cultural and family circumstances.

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"The staff are lovely, made to feel very welcome.  Lots to do but basically it is the quality of the nursing.  The ward is obviously run in a very professional way"

Caroline Thorpe ward Sept 2017

Children’s inpatient facilities

Our children’s ward, Caroline Thorpe is located on level 2 of the Ladywell Unit. It includes a purpose-built children’s assessment unit (CAU) and high dependency unit (HDU), state-of-the-art equipment including a cardiac monitoring system, school, playroom, facilities for parents and a resource room for doctor training.

Where can I find more information?

More information on children’s services can be found in our patient information leaflets below:

Devon SEND Local Offer

What is the SEND Local Offer?

Devon’s SEND Local Offer is the education, health and social care services and support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) from birth to 25.

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Matt Dawson visited Caroline Thorpe Ward in 2012

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Last updated: January 29, 2019