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.
F3 is an elective admissions unit, we are the start of the journey for most of the planned surgical patients within paediatrics. We also cater for day admissions, regular infusions and sleep studies. F3 has 6 overnight beds for patients requiring a short admission following surgery. F3 also houses POAC which is our Pre-anaesthetic admissions clinic. All children having a general anaesthetic for surgery will come through this clinic to have a health screening questionnaire completed and any investigations required pre operatively.
Information for patients
A parent/carer is welcome to accompany their child through their admission on F3. They will be able to accompany them to the anaesthetic room and also in the recovery room post operatively. We provide a carers bed which will enable you to stay with your child overnight, we also have a parents room on the ward which is available for you to use to make food and drink throughout your stay.
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.