Ward F3 is a 26 bedded children’s ward caring for children up to their 16th birthday. We look after children requiring day surgery, short stay admission, procedures, assessments and infusions.

Visiting times

Open visiting for close family members. When your child has visitors please be considerate of other patients who may be feeling unwell.

No flowers allowed

Please be aware that visitors may be asked to leave at any time to enable important care to be delivered.

Visiting times leaflet


Ward number: 01223 217567
Clinic number: 01223 256073
About the ward: 

About the ward

On arrival to the ward a member of staff will either take you to your allocated bed space or show you to our waiting room / play room if your child’s procedure is later in the day. If your child needs to stay overnight we have facilities for one parent / carer to sleep next to them.

Whenever a healthcare professional comes to see you during your stay, they should explain what they are doing or plan to do. If they don’t – or you don’t understand what they’ve said – don’t be afraid to ask them to explain.

An accompanying adult must be present when any child is seen or examined by health professionals in the Trust.

The ward has the following facilities:

  • A parent/ carer’s bed is located next to the child’s bed if you need to stay, we can only accommodate one parent / carer on the ward.
  • We have a play room, staffed by a team of Play specialists and nursery nurses.
  • We have a parent’s kitchen with a fridge, microwave and tea / coffee making facilities.

If your child is having an operation/procedure under general anaesthetic

Your child will be transferred to theatre on a trolley / bed / cot or may walk or be carried if preferred. They will be accompanied by a porter and a nurse.

  • One parent / carer is allowed into the anaesthetic room to stay with the child during induction of anaesthesia
  • When you have left your child you will be given a pager that will alarm as soon as they are awake and you will be able to go into the recovery room to be with them
  • Your child will then come back to the ward, or be admitted to one of the other childrens wards if they are going to need a longer recovery time
  • Their discharge time will be dependent on how they recover from their procedure and dependent on the procedure that they have had.

Parents / carers will be informed immediately if an overnight stay is necessary. This decision could be made by the medical or surgical staff, anaesthetist, or experienced nursing staff, in partnership with the family.

Children will only be discharged from hospital into the care of a responsible adult.

Finding us: 

Finding us:

Ward F3 can be found on level 3 of the hospital.

From the main hospital entrance: Upon entering main reception turn right into the concourse. Follow the signs towards F and G block through the concourse. Take the stairs or lift to level 3. On entering the F and G block, turn left, the nurse’s station is at the far end of the ward.

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