Miffy Transitional Care Unit (TCU) is a five-bed ward on Level 4 of the Southwood Building.
Miffy TCU cares for long-term patients on ventilation. Children on this ward need help breathing from a ventilator, or other mechanical support.
The ward trains the family and community carers/nurses for homecare so they are prepared for going home with breathing support and an artificial airway when the time comes.
Miffy Transitional Care Unit
Level 4, Southwood Building
Great Ormond Street Hospital
Great Ormond Street
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Miffy TCU telephone number: 020 7813 8339
For urgent admissions outside of office hours please call the switchboard on 020 7405 9200 and ask for the doctor on call for Miffy TCU.
Staff on the ward
Miffy TCU is primarily run by our highly qualified nursing team but also includes consultants, clinical nurse specialists, physiotherapists, social workers, occupational therapists, healthcare assistants, play specialists, psychologists, psychotherapists, dieticians and housekeeping staff.
Other key members of staff on the ward include:
- Ranjan Suri, Lead Consultant for Miffy TCU
- Suzanne Cullen, Head of Nursing
- Nicola Pratt, Lead Nurse
- Nicola Nabney, Ward Manager
- Alejandra Godoy, Ward Administrator
- Heather Hatter, Practice Educator
Conditions we treat
The special areas of expertise include the diagnosis and treatment of:
- chronic lung disease
- complex respiratory conditions
- complex neuro-muscular disorders
The ward is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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 allocated a bed space according to their physical, psychological and social needs, taking into consideration the needs of other children and young people on the ward at that time.
All five beds on Miffy TCU are in single cubicles.
Facilities for parents
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.
Because of restricted space on the ward, parents are not able to stay overnight at the bedside due to health and safety risks.
There is parent accommodation in the Paul O’Gorman Patient Hotel, also known as Weston House, for some families.
For more information read our family accommodation factsheet
Parents can enjoy free tea and coffee on the ward. There is also a small kitchen on the ward, which parents are welcome to use, with a microwave for reheating pre-cooked food.
Please put the date and your child’s name on any food you’d like to keep in the fridge. This helps us to make sure anything that is out-of-date is thrown away.
There is a play area on Miffy TCU with a wide range of toys for children to play with. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times when in the play area and please make sure all toys are tidied away afterwards.
Regulations on the ward
The following are not allowed on Miffy TCU:
- Flowers – water in the vase can develop a bacterium that can cause infection in children.
- Latex balloons – due to potential allergic reactions.
If your child has either had recent contact with chickenpox or measles, or has chickenpox, measles, shingles, diarrhoea and vomiting, then please contact a member of the nursing team before arriving.
Siblings and young family members are welcome on the ward. However, they must be supervised at all times by an adult, particularly when in the play room.