The L&D provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient Acute Paediatric services to the local population.
Paediatric Out- Patient Services
Children are seen in the dedicated Children’s Out-patients run by a team of Children’s Nurses, Nursery Nurses and Play Therapists. There are dedicated Phlebotomy clinics, Sweat tests and the nursing team provide Epi-pen training for parents and spirometry.
Paediatric In-patient services
The Paediatric Unit has 54 beds including a 5 Bed Paediatric Admissions Unit (PAU) and facilities for High Dependency Care for children. Unit accepts referral for children up to 16 years of age or completion of academic year 11.
All children admitted to the Trust are looked after on the Paediatric Unit.
The beds are divided into three wards, all located on the 4th floor of the Surgical Block:
When necessary Hedgehog opens overnight to take acute Paediatric admissions.
Referrals are accepted via E-RS only.
General Paediatric referrals will be triaged by the consultant team and allocated to the most appropriate consultant. Where the community services are more suitable, we will inform the referrer and signpost to the most appropriate service.
We provide both general and specialist paediatric new patient and follow-up clinics including:
The L&D Consultant teams work in partnership with a variety of Tertiary Centres, referring on for further investigations and advice where necessary. The L&D team are able to provide subspecialty treatment and care management for the majority of paediatric conditions locally. We are also able to provide outreach clinics for some specialities with visiting Tertiary Consultants.
Paediatric Cardiology – Dr Sivakumar and Dr Somisetty
Paediatrics Endocrinology and Diabetes – Dr Nathwani, Dr Misquith and Dr Niranjan
Paediatric Epilepsy and Neurology – Dr Tekki-Rao, Dr Gandhi & Dr Joshi
Paediatric Gastroenterology & food allergy – Dr. Ashworth, Dr Modi, Dr Ramkumar
Paediatric Allergy– Dr Adler & Dr Ingram (respiratory), Dr Rajkowski (anaphylaxis and general), Dr Ashworth & Dr Modi (gut) Dr. DeSilva (dermatology)
Paediatric Oncology – Dr Toyin Lythe, Dr Nair,
Paediatrics– Haematology- Dr Toyin Lythe, Dr Nair
Paediatric Infectious Diseases– Dr. Eisenhut
Paediatric Metabolic Diseases- Dr. Eisenhut
Paediatrics Respiratory & Cystic Fibrosis – Dr. Adler & Dr Ingram
Paediatrics Renal Diseases – Dr Tomasz Rajkowski
To families of all our patients, we wanted to give a reminder that sadly, at both Bedford and the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, we are still unable to allow any visitors on site, unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example in maternity or children’s departments, or for those patients who are receiving palliative treatment at the end of their lives, on a case-by-case basis.
At Bedford changes are being made to support services and we would now ask that, from Saturday 6 June 2020, you contact the wards using the direct lines found here.
For the Luton & Dunstable, we are offering a dedicated Next of Kin helpline for family members who want to check up on their loved ones – please nominate one family member to call 01582 718884 between 8am and 6pm.