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Children’s Services

The Great North Children's Hospital (GNCH) is the only specialist children's hospital in the North East and Cumbria.

We offer the most extensive range of Children's Services anywhere outside of London including:

 Local  Regional      National/International
 General and Community Paediatrics   Burns & Plastic Surgery   Cardiology & Cardiothoracic Surgery
 Dermatology  Child Development Centre   Cardiopulmonary Transplantation 
 Paediatric Emergency Medicine  Dental   SCIDS - Immuno Deficiency
 Health Visiting and School Health  Diabetes  Bone Marrow Transplantation 
 Community Nursing  Endocrinology   Mitochondrial Disorders 
 Speech & Language Therapy  ENT    
 Physical Therapy  Forensic Medicine  
   Gastroenterology  
   Hepatology    
   High Dependency & Intensive Care  
   Immunology and Infectious Diseases  
   Nephrology   
   Neurology  
   Oncology   
   Ophthalmology  
   Orthopaedics  
   Paediatric Surgery    
   Respiratory    
   Rheumatology   

Our general paediatric services are outstanding and many of our clinicians make up the only multi-disciplinary teams practising in the North East for specialist areas.

We are equally proud of our nursing staff who are specially trained and dedicated to caring for youngsters of all ages - from birth up to adolescence. All of our services are supported by teams of specialist nurses - pivotal to providing advice and education to those caring for children with chronic conditions such as cancer, cystic fibrosis and kidney problems. No other hospital in the North East can call upon such a large, dynamic and skilled children's nursing workforce.

Pursuing a paediatric nursing career in Newcastle means being part of an exciting community of experienced, multi-disciplinary teams who share and learn together from the very best practice and latest research in the special care of infants, children and young people.


Our wards

  • Ward 1a - specialities include - gastroenterology and renal conditions
  • Ward 1b - specialities include - neurophysiology and neurosurgery
  • Ward 2 - specialities include - respiratory and endocrinology
  • Ward 3 - speciality is Bone Marrow Transplantation for complex paediatric immuno-compromised and paediatric oncology patients
  • Ward 4 - speciality is Children and Teenage Oncology
  • Children’s A and E/Ward 6 - Emergency Paediatric Assessment Unit
  • Ward 6 Day Unit - childhood investigations and day treatments
  • Ward 7 - speciality is paediatric haemodialysis
  • Ward 8 - speciality is Paediatric Day Surgery
  • Ward 9 - Speciality is Paediatric surgery
  • Ward 10 - Speciality isPaediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Ward 11 - Specialities are Paediatric Burns and Plastics
  • Ward 12 - Speciality is Paediatric Intensive Care unit
  • Ward 14 - Speciality is Paediatric and Teenage Oncology Outpatient and Day Care

Working here

Shift patterns

We operate a varying shift pattern that includes internal rotation.

The wards have a range of shift patterns including 12 hour shifts and shorter shifts.

Staff groups

The staff working in the departments include: Matron, Sister/Charge Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Clinical Educator, Outreach, Staff Nurses, Healthcare Assistants, Ward Clerks and Housekeeper.

Staff training

  • We provide a preceptorship package that supports staff to thrive in their new role, and gives an excellent structure to develop and learn new skills.
  • There is a period of supernumerary status while staff settle into the speciality.
  • This process is enhanced by the support of the clinical educator who delivers training and increases learning opportunities.
  • There is access to internal and external education programmes and courses.

More information

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