Nottingham Children's Hospital
The Nottingham Children's Hospital is part of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. The wards and departments are based all under one roof at the Queen's Medical Centre.
We want to make sure your child is as comfortable as possible during their stay in hospital and you, as parents, carers or relatives, are given all the information you need.
We understand it is a difficult and often emotional time when your child is in hospital and therefore we want to do all we can to put you at ease and make the experience of being in hospital a pleasant one.
Nottingham Children’s Hospital accommodates children and young people from birth to 19 years old. We have 97 beds and care for around 40,000 children each year from Nottinghamshire and beyond, treating a full range of conditions. These include:
- Planned treatment and surgeries
- Emergency surgical/medical treatment
- Burns and plastics
- Neurological conditions
- Cleft lip and palate
- Paediatric Critical Care Unit
- Renal conditions and transplantation
- Spinal and orthopaedic
If your child is admitted for an overnight stay, catering staff will come round to take their order for breakfast, lunch and evening meal. Please be aware we are unable to order hot meals from catering after 17:30 but can offer a small selection of snacks after this time. For children/young people attending day case surgeries, we can provide a packed lunch and snacks. There is limited fridge space available in the parent’s kitchens for you to bring your own food in, and are further food outlets in the wider hospital, some of which are open 24 hours (link to restaurant/catering).
Children's Hospital visiting times
We are open to parents/carers 24 hours a day. Any other visitors are welcome between 08:00- 20:00. Please be aware than any visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Visitors are limited to two per patient to avoid overwhelming other patients and the available space. Please speak to the nurse in charge if you wish to discuss this.
You will notice curtains around your child's bed space. These are used to respect your child's privacy during doctor reviews and nursing cares. They must remain open and can be secured back at all other times (including overnight) to ensure the safety of each and every patient.
Please be mindful of the privacy and dignity of patients, of the need for courtesy and quiet, and of the potential that mobile devices have for interfering with sensitive medical devices. With this in mind, we ask that all mobile phones are set to silent/vibrate mode to reduce disturbance for others, phone calls are taken in the designated areas and that headphones are used to watch TV or listen to music. Mobile devices must be not be used to take photographs, videos or voice recordings of patients, staff or the environment. This includes mobile/smart phones, tablets, laptops etc.
During term time week days, our hospital school teachers will come to see your child if they are well enough to participate in educational activities. This can be delivered at the bed side or in the hospital school (link to hospital school section). We can arrange for exams to be taken for those who are well enough to do so.
There is a youth service available for young people aged 11 years and above (link to youth services section). We also have a play and development team (hyperlink to play and development team section) who provide age-related activities for your child and deliver distraction when needed. There are playrooms on each ward which children can utilise; however please note that they should be accompanied at all times and food/drinks are not permitted in these areas.
We actively encourage parents/carers to stay overnight with their child but we are only able to provide one parent bed per patient if available. There is a parent toilet/shower room on each ward and towels can be provided upon request. A small selection of toiletries can be provided for unplanned stays if available; alternatively there is a pharmacy near the main entrance to buy toiletries from.