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Walrus Ward

Walrus Ward is where children and young people with heart and breathing problems come for tests.

Walrus Ward (Public wayfinding)
Patients may also come to Walrus Ward before or after having heart surgery.

Walrus Ward has six beds and will offer easy access to the ECHO and ECG department as well as the catheterisation and exercise laboratories, which are on the same floor.

There is room by each bed on Walrus Ward for both parents to sit while you have your assessment or treatment.

About the ward

Find out more about Walrus Ward by watching our short video below.

If the video is not showing, please watch it on YouTube. A video transcript is also available.

Staff on the ward

Walrus Ward 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 a clinicians’ assistant and a play specialist. 

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

  • Pauline Whitmore, Head of Nursing
  • Jacqueline Robinson-Rouse, Lead Nurse
  • Angie Scarisbrick, Advanced Nurse Practitioner 
  • Rachel Hall, Acting Ward Sister

Conditions we treat

Some of the conditions and treatments on Walrus Ward include:

  • congenital heart disease (where you are born with heart problems)
  • pulmonary hypertension
  • post heart and lung transplant procedures
  • post tracheal surgery procedures

Facilities for young people

Walrus Ward has a playroom with lots of toys, games and crafts.

There is a play specialist who organises activities and can help you get ready for any procedures you may have in hospital.

The Activity Centre
Hospital School - Books lined up on shelf

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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