The ward is for children who need medical investigations and tests. It is open six days a week, from Monday to Saturday. Some patients are seen as day cases, while others are admitted for one night or more.
A wide range of investigations are carried out including blood and hormone tests, and tests on suspected or known endocrine, metabolic, renal, neurology, dermatology, rheumatology, gastroenterology or urology disorders.
If your child is coming to Kingfisher Ward, this admission will have been planned with a clear idea of the investigations they need.
Kingfisher Ward has 18 beds, and it's on Level 3 of the Octav Botnar Wing.
Staff on the ward
Kingfisher Ward is a nurse-led ward, which means most investigations are done and monitored by our highly qualified nursing team.
A play specialist is based on the ward. They will run play activities for your child, and work with the nurses to prepare children for their investigations.
The following members of staff will be available to help you during your stay on the ward:
- Herdip Sidhu-Bevan, Head of Nursing
- Trish Evans, Lead Nurse
- Carly Hadfield, Ward Manager
Conditions we treat
The special areas of expertise are investigations into a wide range of children’s medical problems. We do more than 30 types of procedures on Kingfisher Ward.
Different investigations are done on different days, according to nursing, laboratory and radiology resources.
Find out more about Kingfisher Ward by watching our short video below.
A video transcript is also available.
Of the ward’s 18 bed spaces, 13 are used for overnight stays (two of these are cubicles). The other eight are for daycare.
There is also a large open-plan waiting and play area for patients who are in for treatment but don’t need a bed.
Patients being admitted will wait in the waiting room until their bed becomes available on the afternoon of admission.
The ward has lockers for patients to store valuables, especially for those families coming in for daycare who may also need to visit other departments.
The ward also has a breast-feeding room for any mums requiring privacy during feed times.
Visitors are welcome, but we would ask you to ask your visitors to leave by 8pm so that children and families on the ward can rest.
Meals are provided for all patients on Kingfisher Ward. Lunch is between noon and 12.30pm. Dinner is between 5pm and 5.30pm.
Children on special diets will have food orders for them on arrival. But it is useful if parents can bring snacks or milk feed until this has been arranged with the kitchens.
We do our utmost to protect the privacy and dignity of your child at all times during their stay at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).
Your child will be given a bed according to how their physical, psychological and social needs are best met, taking into consideration the needs of other children and young people on the ward at that time.
Please tell us if your child has a preference for being with other children of their own age and/or gender and we will try to meet this request where possible.
Children are not allocated beds immediately on admission, families are asked to remain in the waiting room so the investigations can begin even prior to the beds being allocated.
Regulations on Kingfisher Ward
The following are not allowed on Kingfisher:
- Flowers – water in the vase can develop a bacterium that can cause infection in children.
- Latex balloons – due to potential allergic reactions.
If you or your child has been in contact with coughs, colds, tummy bugs or infectious diseases like chicken pox or measles, please call the nursing team before you arrive.
No child will be allowed in to the ward if they have chicken pox.
You are a valued member of your child’s healthcare team and we encourage you to take part in their care as much as possible while in hospital.
If your child needs to stay on Kingfisher Ward overnight, we try to make provision for one parent to stay on the ward so you can be near your child. There are reclining chairs available for parents staying overnight.
Meals are not provided for parents but food and drink can be bought from various locations within the hospital and local area. There is also a hospital shop, which sells refreshments and gifts.
Kingfisher Ward has a kitchen where you can make tea and coffee or heat up snacks – there is a microwave.
You can use your mobile phone inside the hospital but only in designated mobile-friendly zones. Using your mobile elsewhere could interfere with our medical equipment.
Facilities for children and young people
Kingfisher Ward has a well-equipped playroom, which is always open, and your child is very welcome to enjoy.
There are toys and games for all ages, a TV and a Nintendo games machine.
The Activity Centre welcomes inpatients, outpatients and siblings of all ages and abilities from 0 to 19 years old. There is plenty of space for activities, toys, games and crafts. There are also lots of DVDs and books as well as ICT equipment.
Have a look at the Activity Centre timetable to find out what's happening when.