You will be given an appointment time to attend Dolphin Ward. Please arrive on time for your appointment.
The nursing staff working on Dolphin Ward aim to complete an initial assessment of your child or young person within 15 minutes of arrival to the unit. However, at times this may not be possible (for example; if a lot of people have arrived in a short space of time).
You will then receive the appropriate treatment i.e; medications, dressing changes or medical review.
If you are worried about your child at any point, let a member of staff know.
We aim for your child to be seen by a member of the medical team within one hour of arrival. There are many members of the medical team who may see you. The paediatric medical team is made up of: Consultants, Junior Doctors (both Senior House Officers and Registrars), Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Medical Students.
If appropriate, further tests or investigations may be arranged. Tthis may include X rays, blood tests or urine samples and any required treatment commenced.
The results of many tests we carry out will be available within a few hours and will help the medical and nursing staff make decisions with you about what care is needed.
While waiting for any test results or investigations, your child or young person will be monitored closely by the medical and nursing teams. This includes regular sets of observations.
If we feel you will not be able to be assessed and treated quickly or the child or young person does not respond to initial treatment then you may need to be admitted to our Paediatric Ward; Sunshine Ward for ongoing care.