Robin Ward is located on Level 5 of the Variety Club Building (VCB), and has 10 beds (cubicles) which can be used as isolation units.
This specialised ward is for children with immune problems who need protection from infection, and also for children affected by infectious diseases who need isolation.
Two of the ward’s beds are allocated to children who are having either a bone marrow transplant, gene therapy or a thymic transplant.
These children tend to stay in the hospital for a long time, especially if they have an immune problem, and may be waiting for a bone marrow or stem cell transplant.
Level 5, Variety Club Building
Great Ormond Street Hospital
Great Ormond Street
Robin Ward Nurses station telephone number: 020 7405 9200 extension 8811. Direct dial: 020 7829 8811.
For urgent enquiries outside of office hours please call the switchboard on 020 7405 9200 and ask for the on-call doctor for Robin Ward.
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Staff on the ward
Robin Ward has a team of specialist nurses and doctors. There are four immunology consultants, four infectious diseases consultants and the ward has close links with clinical nurse specialists from immunology, bone marrow transplant (BMT), HIV and infectious diseases.
You will also meet other members of the multi-disciplinary team including physiotherapists, healthcare assistants, play specialists and house-keeping staff.
The following members of staff will be available to help you during your stay on the ward:
- Mary Foo-Caballero, Lead Nurse
- Rosaleen Johnston, Ward Sister
Conditions we treat
The special areas of expertise include:
- Comprehensive diagnostic and treatment service for children up to the age of 16 years with suspected or confirmed primary immunodeficiency.
- Bone marrow transplant, gene therapy and thymic transplant.
- Other immunological disorders.
- Infectious diseases isolation.
Children on Robin Ward are nursed in isolation units. These cubicles are suitable for isolation nursing both for infectious diseases and immune compromised patients.
Because these children either have lowered immunity and are very susceptible to infections, or are themselves suffering from an infectious disease, visiting is highly restricted. This is not only to offer the children as much protection as possible, but also to prevent infection from spreading.
Each patient is allocated a total of three visitors (close family members only) who can go into their cubicle. These visitors must be screened beforehand to ensure they are fully well themselves.
Siblings (as long as they are well) can talk to their brother or sister via an intercom between the cubicle and Robin Ward corridor.
Each cubicle has a sink just inside the entrance and, as an allocated visitor, you will need to wash your hands thoroughly and put on a clean plastic apron every time you enter the cubicle.
There are individual telephones beside each bed in the ward‘s cubicles. Visitors are welcome to call you directly on your dedicated phone line.
You can use your mobile phone inside the hospital but only within designated mobile friendly zones. Using your mobile elsewhere could cause interference with our medical equipment.
Facilities for parents
You are a valued member of your child‘s healthcare team and we encourage you to take part in his or her care as much as possible while in hospital.
Each cubicle on Robin Ward has facilities for one parent to stay overnight with their child, and each also has an en suite bathroom which you and your child will be able to use.
There is a sitting room for parents, which is shared with our neighbouring Fox Ward.
Meals are not provided for parents, but food and drink can be bought from the various catering facilities within the hospital and local area.
Facilities for children and young people
As your child is getting better, and as long as they have no infections, they will be able to leave their cubicle and visit the ward playroom.
To reduce the risk of infection, these visits will need to be timed to carefully to avoid any visiting siblings.
Regulations on the ward
The following are not allowed on Robin Ward:
- Flowers – due to potential allergic reactions.
- Latex balloons – due to potential allergic reactions.
If any of your visitors have been in contact with coughs, colds, or tummy bugs, if they have cold sores or infectious diseases like chicken pox or measles, it’s really important that they wait until they are better before visiting.
No child will be allowed in to the ward if they have chicken pox.
Last reviewed by Great Ormond Street Hospital: 20 December 2010
- If you have any questions, please telephone Robin Ward on 020 7402 9200 extension 8811.
- If you have any other questions during your stay, please ask the lead nurse, ward sister or nursing staff, who would be very happy to help.