Admissions are usually arranged by other health care professionals liaising with the nurses or paediatricians eg GPs, health visitors, and surgeons. Some children are also reviewed in the ward following assessment in the emergency department. GPs also refer children to be assessed in Robin Ward.
Children and young people often attend Robin Ward for pre-arranged appointments to see a nurse or doctor.
If your child is acutely unwell use your GP or the emergency department – do not come directly to Robin Ward unless you have prior agreement to do so.
Where to find Robin Ward
Robin Ward is on the fourth floor in the block above the emergency department. There are signs giving directions for Robin Ward throughout the hospital from all entrances.
There is not any designated parking. Patriotic Street is the nearest public car park. Put an appropriate amount of paycards on your car allowing plenty of time for your visit as we cannot be responsible for parking fines incurred during attendance for hospital appointments.
Robin Ward has open visiting hours but prefer immediate family to visit in the evenings. For infection control purposes and / or due to the specific needs of a child the nurses may request reduced numbers of visitors. We ask that you cooperate with these requests in the best interests of all the children.
We recognise that children do best when their usual routines are maintained and they have familiar people with them. To achieve this we encourage and support parents to remain with their child in hospital.
Friends visiting need to be accompanied by an adult if they are under 16 years old.
Facilities in Robin Ward
Robin Ward is divided into a 10 bedded ward area and 5 cubicles. The cubicles are primarily for the management of infection control and are not private rooms.
Robin Ward is fortunate to be well supported by the public and so is able to offer a wide range of toys and activities that can be accessed in the playroom, adolescent room or brought to your bed if needed.
The playroom is favoured by the younger children and includes role play activities, a soft play area and library corner. There is art and craft work available as well as a large collection of DVDs for those who want a quieter activity.
The adolescent ‘chill out’ room is for the young people over 11 years old. This includes a TV, DVD player, Nintendo Wii, Xbox and a range of books and board games, as well as relaxing seating and air conditioning.
There is a parent’s room where children are not allowed that gives some ‘time out’ space for parents and also facilities to make light refreshments. There is also a parent’s toilet and shower room. The cubicles have pull down beds for parents and we utilise ‘z-beds’ or empty beds for parents in the main ward area.