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Starfish Rapid Assessment Neurology Unit (RANU)

Starfish Rapid Assessment Neurology Unit (RANU) is a daycare unit for children and young people with neurological (brain) problems.

You may come to Starfish RANU for an appointment, where you will have scans and tests to find out more about what's wrong. 

If your condition is more serious, you may come in for urgent tests.

Starfish RANU is a daycare unit, which means you will have your tests and go home the same day. If you need to stay in hospital overnight, you will be moved to a different ward.

Starfish RANU has seven beds.

Patients on Starfish RANU range from newborn to 17 years old.

Staff on the ward

Starfish RANU is mainly run by our team of nurses, who work closely with the doctors to help you get better.

Other staff who work on the ward include an admissions co-ordinator and play specialist.

The following members of staff will be available to help you during your stay on Starfish RANU:

  • Jayne Cooper, Head of Nursing
  • Laura Nallen, Ward Sister

Conditions we treat

Some of conditions we treat on Starfish RANU include:

  • epilepsy
  • neuromuscular disorders
  • central nervous system problems
  • movement difficulties
  • complex neurodevelopment disorders
  • stroke

Facilities for children and young people 

A play specialist can come and help you have more fun. They will also help you get ready for any procedures you may have in hospital.

The Activity Centre
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The Activity Centre is found on Level 2 of the Southwood Building. The area has a special section for teenagers called The Den that has club evenings and activities for older patients.

The Activity Centre is for inpatients, outpatients and siblings of all ages and abilities from 0 to 19 years old. We offer a welcoming recreational space with plenty of games, activities and arts and crafts resources. We also have a library of books and DVDs as well as Xbox and Wii consoles.

Have a look at the Activity Centre timetable where you can find out what’s happening when.

The Children's Hospital School

Hospital School - Close up of mac book screen on ward

The Children's Hospital School offers lessons to inpatients from 5 to 18 years of age. We follow the national curriculum and can liaise with your home school to make sure your education remains as normal as possible.

You can choose which lessons you come to, and you won't get in trouble if you're not feeling up to it. We can arrange lessons in lots of different places, including your bedside if you’re too poorly to go to the classroom.

We also have special teachers for patients with special needs, so everyone is always welcome. 

For more information visit the Children's Hospital School page or download the leaflet.

More information

Learn about the different people who can help make you better when you're in hospital by watching the Meet our staff video.
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