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Ward 31

Ward 31 is a general surgical ward at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. We care for children aged 0 to 10 with various surgical conditions. As the hospital is a regional referral centre for the southwest we see a mixture of patients. We care for children and their families with conditions including: emergency surgery, orthopaedic, gastro-intestinal, urology, ENT, plastics and thoracic surgery. We have close links with SCBU at St Michael's Hospital caring for long-term babies with various conditions.

For information for children, please visit our children's website

Geography of ward

The ward consists of 22 patient bed spaces. There are four bays and four cubicles. The bays nearest the nursing station are for the high-dependency patients usually just been or going to theatre. The other bays are for patients who are on the path to home. Our cubicles are used for patients with infectious diseases or small babies.

The nursing station is central to the ward for access to all areas.

Nursing team

We are a friendly, enthusiastic team, with a funded establishment of 30 whole time equivalent staff.

Our ward manager is Liz Hagan. There are currently four senior nurses who each manage a group of staff. This encourages the team to function to its best ability by ensuring all staff are receiving the training they require, and enables good communication within the nursing team as a whole.

We nurse in an adapted version of primary nursing. This ensures that all our patients, both long-term and short stay, receive continuity in the nurses who look after them. We aim to deliver high standards and to provide patients and their families with continuity of care.

Ward philosophy

We believe that the child is of central importance and should be cared for within the context of the family. We encourage family to be involved in the child's care as far as they are able, and keep them fully informed at all times.

Staff on the ward are encouraged to keep themselves updated and develop their professional practice from research-based knowledge. They are actively encouraged to participate in the development and future of the ward.

Multidisciplinary team

We work as part of a large multidisciplinary team consisting of nurses, nursing assistants, specialist nurses, student nurses, medical staff, physios, play specialists, dieticians, ward clerks, HSAs, pharmacy and the occupational therapist.


We have a playroom located just off the ward, and have two play specialists attached to the ward. There is also a large playroom on level 5. We recognise that play is an important part of a child's life and ensure it takes place in hospital. Therefore, if they are too ill to go to the playroom, Michelle or Emma will bring suitable items to the child's bed for them to play with.


There is a school room and teachers who work during term time. Any child who is in hospital for more than a couple of days will find themselves tracked down by the teachers! They will come to the ward to see patients if they are unable to go to the school room.

Parent's facilities

On the ward there is a toilet that parents can use. Just off the ward is a parent's room where they can go to eat, watch tv, keep their food and have some time away from ward.

There are toilets situated near the stairs on every level and a shower room just outside the ward.

Dining room on level 5 serves hot meals and has vending machines. The BRI also has a WRVS shop, coffee shop and a bistro open to all visitors.


We work a mixture of shifts on the ward.

  • Long days: 07.30 - 20.00
  • Nights: 19.30 - 08.00
  • Traditional early: 07.30 - 15.30
  • Traditional late: 12.00 - 20.00
  • Traditional night: 20.45 - 08.00

Most staff rotates between day and night shifts.


We are attached to UWE and have nursing students on the ward. These can be first year - final year students and all are encouraged to work as part of the team.

Ward 31

Telephone: 0117 342 8331/8306/8307

Ward manager: Elizabeth Hagan

Telephone: 0117 342 8331