Nightingale Ward cares for children and young people having day case procedures.
If your child has any additional needs, please call in advance to let us know. We provide a snack box to every child after their procedure – please tell us about any special dietary requirements.
There are 18 post-operative and post-anaesthetic beds. Nine of these beds are in cubicles – these will mainly be used for children who either have an infection or need to be protected from infection.
These cubicles have their own en-suite bathrooms and our system for TV and films, which you can also use to access the internet, as well as Wi-Fi so you can connect your own device.
The rest of the beds are in shared bays – each bed space can closed off for privacy – with its own accessible toilet. The bed spaces also have our system for TV and films.
Staff on the ward
Nightingale Ward is mainly run by our team of nurses and healthcare assistants, who work closely with the doctors to care for your child. Other staff who work on the ward include theatre staff, a play specialist and housekeeping staff.
The following members of staff will be available to help you during your stay on the ward:
- Matron: Claire Waller
- Ward Manager: Philomena Cosgrove
- Team Leaders for Recovery Area: Ivona Ojo and Yvonne Hembley
Conditions we treat
Privacy and dignity
We will allocate a bed space to your child according to how their psychological and social needs are best met when balanced with their clinical needs. Single cubicles tend to be allocated to children who either have an infection or need to be protected from infection.
As part of our progress towards protecting your child’s dignity, we have introduced a new type of theatre gown. This provides unrestricted access for our nurses and doctors while keeping your child covered up and comfortable at all times.
Security and fire
For security reasons, the doors to Nightingale Ward are kept locked. Please ring the bell and when asked, state who you are and the name of your child.
All members of staff must wear an identity badge at all times. If someone not wearing an identity badge approaches you or your child at any time, please check with a member of staff. If you are at all worried, please call security on extension 5999.
Our security guards are on duty in the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days week. They are here to protect all our staff, patients and visitors and do regular patrols for all the buildings. Remember if you see anything out of the ordinary, ask a member of staff to contact security.
Try not to bring valuable items to the hospital, as we cannot accept responsibility for the loss of or damage to any personal belongings.
All parts of the hospital site are protected by a very sensitive fire alarm system. If you are on the ward when the fire alarm sounds continuously, please remain calm and follow the instructions from the nurse in charge. If you are elsewhere in the hospital, please remain where you are and follow the instructions from a member of staff. Do not return to the ward until the area is declared safe by the hospital fire team.
Smoking is not allowed anywhere on GOSH property, which includes inside any of the buildings or areas nearby including entrances. Please do not smoke in our main entrance or near hospital buildings, as we will ask you to move elsewhere.
Please be considerate when using your mobile phone, switching it off during consultations and keeping it on silent when in a clinical area.
Respect for others
We will not tolerate any kind of inappropriate or threatening behaviour – verbal, physical or psychological – and we have a policy to ensure that this is dealt with appropriately. We can and will remove people from GOSH in these circumstances.
Visiting a patient at GOSH
We know that having visitors can make things seem more ‘normal’ for our patients. However, we have to have a balance between people visiting and our staff being able to care for our patients.
Children and young people coming to Nightingale Ward usually either go home later that day or transfer to another ward to recover. You will need to arrange for a friend or relative to look after your other children during the admission. If you have any questions about visiting, please telephone the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (Pals) Office before you visit on 020 7829 7862.
Please do not visit if you have a cold, cough or an upset stomach, or think you have recently been in contact with someone who has. You should wait until you have not had any symptoms for 48 hours before you visit. Other infectious diseases including chicken pox and measles could be particularly dangerous for some of our patients so please do not visit if you have been in contact with them recently.
If you are a parent staying with your child and you become unwell during their stay we will ask you to leave the ward to go home to get better.
When you come onto Nightingale Ward, please wash your hands thoroughly and use the alcohol gel provided just inside the ward door. When you leave the patient, please wash your hands again and use alcohol gel. Every member of staff is reminded to wash their hands before visiting a child, so please ask us.
For more information about facilities available for parents, family members, visitors and patients in the hospital, including the Chapel and multi-faith room, hospital school, activity centre and information on where you can eat or find facilities such as launderettes, please visit our Facilities A-Z page.
Meals are not provided for parents, but food and drink can be bought from various places within the hospital and local area. You may want to bring in your own snacks and drinks but please do not sit in the ‘no food and drink’ zones within the ward for children and young people fasting before surgery.
Nightingale Ward also has a play room supervised by our play specialist during office hours but you will be responsible for your child and their brothers and sisters at other times.
For mothers who wish to breastfeed, we provide a dedicated room. We also provide the equipment to 'express' breast milk so your child can be fed through a nasogastric tube, if necessary.