Children's ward

Peanut Ward is our nine-bed paediatric unit providing specialist plastic, burns, maxillofacial and corneoplastic care for children up to the age of 16. The ward provides separate areas for teenagers, children and babies.

Our expert paediatric team promotes a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for children and their carers throughout their stay.

This page is about our childrens ward.  You may also be interested in the pages on our paediatric services, where you will find paediatric patient information leaflets, and general paediatric outpatient clinics at QVH.

Admission

We find that children often cope much better with a hospital stay if they have been prepared beforehand. There are many books about coming into hospital, particularly for younger children. You can also arrange to bring your child to the ward for a visit before admission – we would love to meet you and show you around.

Download our preparing for Peanut Ward leaflet

Visiting

Visiting hours are open (at the discretion of the nurse in charge) and family involvement in care is encouraged at all times.

If you need to bring the patient’s siblings, please be aware that they remain your responsibility. They will not be able to accompany you to the theatre and recovery areas, so you will therefore need to have someone else to look after them.

Staying with your child

There are folding beds available for one parent to stay with every child and a separate parents’ area where you may prepare your own food and drink.

If you are staying with your child, we hope you will feel free carry out the usual care for them that you would at home, such as washing, dressing, feeding and play.

Play and schooling

Every effort is made to maintain as normal an environment as possible for the children. This is complemented by a play specialist, teacher, separate adolescent and child play areas and an outdoor play area.

Patient Information Leaflets