Child Health (Paediatrics) is the area of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of health conditions in children aged 0 to 16 years and transition to adult services for young people aged 16-18 years.
We provide extensive healthcare services for children across our three main hospital sites as well as within the community. Children requiring care within our hospitals/Community Services will be referred by health professionals.
Child Health (Paediatrics) is the area of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of health conditions in children aged 0 to 16 years and transition to adult services for young people aged 16 to 18 years. This care is provided by many different health professionals experienced in the care of children in different settings.
Paediatric Consultants provide an e-consultation service for primary care. This allows primary care practitioners, for example GP, to send through details of patients so paediatric consultants can provide advice or a clinic appointment depending on the needs of the child.
How the Play Staff can help your child
- Use techniques to help prepare and distract your child for individual procedures.
- Help children cope with fears, phobias and misconceptions.
- Support patients and families.
- Provide play activities to encourage fun and enjoyment.
- Offer one to one and group play sessions catered to the child’s needs.
Why do we need play in hospital?
About the team
We have an eight place classroom based on C Cluster on Gate 46 at Pinderfields Hospital. We also work with children at bedside. We cover all of the Children's Ward, Children's Burns and Spinal Ward.
We provide education for children and young people whilst they are sick or injured and support effective transition back to their own school.
If a child cannot attend school because they are in hospital, we will:
- Liaise with children, parents, carers and medical staffiaise with children, parents, carers and medical staff
- Contact the home school, if a child is expected to be in hospital for more than three days, to enable the provision of appropriate work, so that they do not fall too far behind their peers
- Offer a range of curriculum based activities
- Use ICT as an effective learning tool
- Provide suitable conditions for inpatients to take public examinations such as GCSEs.
All work planned in the hospital school, is in line with the latest National Curriculum for all key stages, and based around topic areas.
Children will initially follow our National Curriculum based topics, then on day three of a child’s stay, our hospital teacher will contact the child’s own school to speak to their teacher. The child’s individual learning needs will be discussed and then appropriate lessons planned and delivered.