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Ward 34

Location

Ward 34 is located on level 5 of Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

Telephone

0117 342 8334/8151

Speciality

Oncology and haematology

Ward 34 is the paediatric ward predominantly caring for children aged 0-12 years.

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

Bed allocation

Ward 34 comprises of ten bed spaces, including five cubicles with adjoining en-suite bathrooms. Priority for cubicles is given to newly diagnosed patients, babies and infectious children.

Visiting

One parent only is allowed to stay by the bedside for safety reasons but there are always exceptional circumstances. The ward has open visiting hours but only parents and carers are allowed after 8pm.

Brothers and sisters are welcome to visit as a family centred approach is encouraged when caring for a child.

Meals

The nursing staff offer breakfast to patients on the ward. Lunch and dinner are served by the health service assistants. There is a snack trolley for the children offering drinks, crisps, fruit and chocolate.

Support and information

The parents user group hosts a coffee morning on the first Wednesday of each month from 10am to midday in the ward play room. This is run by parents for parents.  the user group has its own website - www.swcancerhub.org.

A parent's resource room is also available between Ward 34 and 35. This room has internet access, with some restrictions. This enables you to access information and also to keep in touch with family and friends. The room is also stocked with a variety of useful written information.

A phone is available by the bedside for incoming calls. Plese ask a member of the team for more details.

Staff

A ward sister and three senior staff nurses support an established nursing team.

Philosophy of care

To keep the child's stay in hospital to a minimum and return them to a safe and secure family unit in as well a mental and physical condition as possible.

We aim to maintain family care and support during their stay in hospital and to care for the child as an individual as well as a member of the family unit. We involve all members of the healthcare team and aim to be truthful while maintaining confidentiality at all times.

Nursing team

The ward manager and three senior staff nurses help support the nursing team. We are currently working 12-hour shifts with internal rotation to night duties. We actively encourage team members to undertake studies to enhance their clinical skills, including intravenous therapies, blood sampling, ENB 240 (Paediatric Oncological Nursing), as well as a twice yearly oncology study week for staff from all shared-care centres in the South West (from Cornwall to Gloucestershire). There is also a comprehensive induction scheme for newly appointed staff giving them the opportunity to work in other areas of the Oncology Directorate (eg Bone Marrow Transplant, Adolescent Ward, ITU, Oncology Day Bed Unit.)

The three senior staff nurses have divided our nursing team into three to undertake IDPRs, teaching needs, support, etc. Each member of the team is encouraged to identify their professional development needs and with the senior nurses work out an action plan. Helping us is Trish Hewitt who is an education sister who works with staff to develop their knowledge in oncology and nursing skills.

The ward is a placement for pre and post-registration nursing students and often for medical students from the University, being one of the largest teaching health trusts in the country.

The ward has close working ties with Oncology Day Beds (ODB) who provide care for patients who have been discharged home but require treatment that can be performed on an outpatient basis. ODB also carries out diagnostic lumbar punctures and bone marrow aspirates away from the ward Mondays to Fridays. They are further supported by two community nurses from the CLIC Sargent charity, who visit patients at home providing support and teaching as well as taking blood samples for post-chemotherapy counts.

Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT)

We work in close liaison with other members of the MDT to provide a high standard of care. This includes dedicated pharmacists, physiotherapists, dieticians, teachers and play specialists, a sickle cell nurse specialist, as well as a CLIC Sargent social worker (Cylla Cole). There is also a trained aromotherapist who provides massage for parents and staff.

Medical Team Interests
Oncology staff
Prof M Stevens Solid tumours, brain tumours
Dr S Lowis Brain tumours
Dr A Ng Solid tumours, adolescent oncology
Dr R Cox Solid tumours, palliative care
Dr H Rees Renal tumours and sarcomas
Haematology / BMT Staff
Dr M Cummins
Dr J Moppett Leukaemia, haematology, and BMT
BMT staff (dedicated)
Dr C Steward Metabolic disorders
Dr J Cornish OBE

BMT for acute leukaemias and paediatric malignancies

Research and development

There are two nurses involved in various research projects within the oncology directorate (interests including the role of complementary therapies in cancer treatment) together with medical researchers who can provide information on research developments.