Eagle Ward is also known as the Kidney Care UK Centre for Children.
Our thanks to Kidney Care UK and everyone else who generously funded this ward.
Eagle Ward is on level 7 of the Morgan Stanley Clinical Building, part of the Mittal Children's Medical Centre.
Eagle Ward telephone number: 020 7829 8815
If your child has any additional needs, please call in advance to let us know.
For urgent enquiries outside of office hours please call the switchboard on 020 7405 9200 and ask for the on-call Renal Registrar.
Who you will meet
Eagle Ward is staffed by renal consultants, specialist registrars and specialist renal nurses skilled in haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. The nursing team also includes a nurse consultant who works with children with long-term conditions and their families, and clinical nurse specialists for dialysis and transplantation.
Dietitians can advise on all aspects of your child's diet. There is also a psychosocial team, including a psychologist, family therapist, social worker and schoolteacher to support you and your family, plus a ward play specialist.
As children on dialysis are such regular visitors, school teachers come onto the ward and spend at least an hour with each child during their four-hour dialysis session.
The following members of staff will be available to help you during your stay on the ward:
- Matron: Trish Evans
- Ward Manager: Sarah Owen and Robyn Parker
- Play Worker: Erin Dunaway
Conditions we treat
The special areas of expertise include; kidney failure, kidney dialysis including haemodialysis, kidney transplant, plasma exchange and other medical conditions such as lupus. To find out more about some of these conditions please see the list below.
Protected meal times
It is the GOSH principle that children and young people will not be interrupted with either non-essential clinical or non-clinical activities during the advertised ward mealtimes – we call this ‘protected time’. This is usually an hour at both lunch and dinner time. Outside of mealtime, we will also try not to interrupt when children and young people are eating or feeding. Please see the posters on the ward for these times or ask a member of staff. Of course, please ask for help in a clinical emergency.
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.
If your child is in a shared bay, we will ask if your child has a preference for being with other children of their own age or gender and will try to meet this request where possible. Please note that there are some circumstances where requests cannot be met, for instance, in high dependency or intensive care areas. Your child’s safety will be our utmost priority at all times.
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
Eagle Ward is a locked ward. To come in you will need to press the buzzer and when asked, state who you are and the name of the child you have come to visit.
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 of 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 – 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. Most beds in the hospital have a telephone by the bedside, so you can call directly. Please ask the child’s parents for the number, as our switchboard cannot put calls through to patients. We also ask that you do not call after 10pm as this could disturb our patients’ sleep.
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.
Please note that some wards, particularly intensive care units and wards where children have immune problems, have stricter guidelines than others so if you are unsure, please speak to the nurse in charge.
Who can visit?
One parent or carer is welcome to stay with their child during an admission. The other parent or carer can visit at any time but will not be able to stay overnight on the ward. Grandparents and other friends and relatives are also welcome to visit but preferably between 12pm and 8pm.
A patient’s brothers and sisters can visit too, but again only between 12pm and 8pm. There are toys and games in the ward playroom to keep them occupied. Please remember that you are responsible for siblings’ behaviour at all times in the hospital as our staff cannot supervise siblings.
Some wards restrict the numbers of other children (not brothers or sisters) visiting, so please check before you come to GOSH. Children and young people can also keep in touch with friends through the activities centre and hospital school. Sometimes we can help by providing a videoconference.
Please note that one parent has to be present while other people are visiting or they have to give written permission for visitors while they are not there. If there is any confusion about who can visit a child, we will always give priority to people with ‘parental responsibility’ for the patient.
Our patients’ safety is our utmost concern and if a parent is not present and they have not given permission for visitors, we can and will refuse entry to the ward.
When can I visit?
On most wards, visiting hours for friends and relatives other than the child’s parents are between 11am and 8pm. Some wards close during ‘ward rounds’, where each child’s progress and future plans are discussed. The nurse in charge will be able to give you a rough idea of when these happen and for how long they last. Wards also have ‘quiet periods’ when visiting is restricted, which enables our patients to have an afternoon rest without interruption.
How many people can visit?
Space is quite limited on most of our wards, so we ask that a maximum of three people (including the parent) visit a child at one time. If more than three people want to visit, please take it in turns to visit the ward. Other visitors can get a drink or something to eat in one of our eating-places while they wait.
What can I bring?
You are welcome to bring presents for our patients but please be aware of some restrictions.
- Latex (stretchy rubber) balloons are not allowed, as some of our patients have a life-threatening latex allergy. Foil balloons do not cause these problems so you are welcome to bring these.
- Flowers – water in the vase can develop a bacterium that can cause infection in children.
- Some materials on certain wards (ie fluffy/fleece blankets). Please check with the nurse.
- Please check with the nurse before you bring in food, such as chocolates and sweets, as some of our patients are on restricted diets.
When you are visiting, please keep the area around the child’s bed tidy so that our nurses can reach the bed easily and quickly.
Please note that the hospital cannot accept responsibility for any loss of or damage to personal property.
Finding the ward
Please ask the child’s parents for the name of the ward. Our reception staff can tell you where the child is staying but will ask you for proof of identity. Volunteers near the main reception desk can escort you to the ward or give you directions.
Occasionally, we have to move children from one ward to another. This can happen at weekends, when the number of patients is reduced so two or more wards might combine to provide a safe and effective service.
Other occasions when we might move a child are when he or she has an infection or is at risk of catching an infection. In these circumstances, we might move them to a single cubicle or, on rare occasions when more than one patient has an infection, close the ward to all visitors.
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 or carer 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 visit, please wash your hands thoroughly before you enter the ward and use the alcohol gel provided at each 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.
Will you give me information about the patient’s progress?
We will only give this information to the child’s parents, unless they give us permission to tell anyone else. If family and friends want to receive regular updates on a child’s progress, we suggest parents tell one person who is then responsible for telling everyone else. This is often easier to manage than making lots of phone calls every time a child’s condition changes.
If you have any questions about visiting, please telephone the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (Pals) Office before you visit on 020 7829 7862.
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.
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. Parents are welcome to use the ward kitchen outside of patient mealtimes to prepare these.
Eagle Ward has a sitting room where you can go to relax and take time out from the Ward and make hot drinks and snacks – it also contains a fridge and microwave. Families can bring their own food to store here. However, in accordance with hospital policy we ask that all food is labelled with the patient's name and the date.
There is also a quiet room where you can talk confidentially with a member of staff.
The Ward has two playrooms – one for younger children and one for older children and teenagers. Both areas are spacious and have room for toys, games and crafts.
The playrooms are supervised by our play specialists during office hours but you will be responsible for your child at other times.The play specialist can provide age appropriate play opportunities and can help to prepare your child for the procedures that he or she will undergo in hospital.