Child health

Focusing on the future imageThe children’s unit provides expert paediatric treatment and assessment for children with medical, surgical and orthopaedic conditions.

Children are referred from emergency departments at both Bournemouth and Poole hospitals, GPs from across the whole of east Dorset, the out of hours services across east Dorset and other health professionals who require specialist support.

The child health department is made up of the children’s unit, outpatient clinics, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), children’s community nursing team (CCN), children’s therapy service and the child development centre (CDC).

The CCN team is based on Elmwood children’s day care and assessment unit – this gives the team easy access to the paediatric consultants and junior medical staff.

A wide range of developmental and learning opportunities exist, including:

  • Specialist nursing services – respiratory/cystic fibrosis, diabetes, epilepsy, allergy, oncology shared care, palliative and end-of-life care
  • High dependency unit
  • Assessment unit (Elmwood)
  • Day care (Elmwood)
  • Ward areas (Bearwood and Acrewood)
  • Outpatient department (Cedarwood)
  • Community outreach
  • Links with specialist and mainstream schools
  • Child Development Centre – neuro-developmental team including doctors, occupational therapist and physiotherapists
  • Acute physiotherapy team
  • School’s physiotherapy team
  • Psychology services
  • Children and young people’s counselling services
  • Gully’s Place – palliative/end-of-life care area
  • Level 2 neonatal unit with specialist outreach team and early discharge service
  • Transition to adult services leads
  • Safeguarding children and young people lead nurse
  • Adult safeguarding lead nurse

For more details or to arrange an informal visit please contact matron Sian Jenkins on 01202 448734 or email to

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