Safety and security
The main entrance doors to Charles Wolfson Ward are locked at all times. Hospital staff enter by means of an ID badge scanner. Patients and visitors ring the doorbell and are spoken to via intercom, to establish who they are and why they are coming into the ward, before they are allowed to enter.
Mothers and babies must have ID bands on at all times We advise that all babies remain on the ward at all times. If it is necessary to leave the ward for investigations or treatment, this is arranged by a member of staff.
Most of the observations and care of babies is carried out in the presence of a parent. Sometimes however in may be necessary for staff to take a baby to another area.
Information about patients is kept confidential. Patients and their families are welcome to introduce yourselves to others on the ward but staff will never give out any of details without a patient's express permission. No information about mothers and babies on the ward is given to the public by telephone.
Ward clerks and domestic staff are also based on the ward, with input from pharmacy, procurement and estates to ensure the smooth running and cleanliness of the ward.
Routes of admission
This may be via Lady Mary ward, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Emergency Department, or one of the Children's wards. On admission to the ward patients are allocated a nurse who will orientate them to the ward and take a history in order to plan care. The bed space is arranged to enable a parent to sleep next to their baby.
Parents/carers should be able to provide transport on discharge home, and only in exceptional circumstances will hospital transport be booked for discharge.
For babies discharged from maternity services, the health visitor and midwife are informed when discharge is planned/undertaken in order to ensure a smooth transition from hospital to community. For other babies, appropriate discharge planning will be made and discussed with parents prior to discharge
Food and drink
No breakfast trolley is supplied on the ward, however, there are cereals, and tea and coffee available in the Parent's Room for carers and parents that reside overnight.
We are committed to treating patients with privacy and dignity in a safe, clean and comfortable environment.
- Showers are available if required.
- Parent's room available for visitors, no children are permitted in this room and no overnight stays allowed.
- Patientline - beside card phone plus free TV/war payphones.
About the ward
The ward is a 12 bedded Unit, open 24 hours, seven days a week, which caters for babies greater or equal to 34 weeks gestation at birth to their 1st birthday, It enables one parent/carer to room-in with their baby. Babies may be admitted to the CWW for a variety of different reasons including; feeding issues, difficulty maintaining temperature, jaundice, or if they require intravenous antibiotic therapy, scan under sedation, bowel washouts, IV fluids or Safeguarding assessments/referrals.
The overall aim of the CWW is to empower parents/carers with the knowledge and skills to prepare them adequately for their discharge home with their baby and support children’s services with low acuity admissions of under 1 year of age.