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About Us

What is a disability?

"A life-long physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and adverse effect on a person's ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities"

What are our aims?

Coming to hospital, whether planned or in an emergency, is always difficult. We know that for our patients with disabilities and complex needs a hospital visit can be even more challenging, and a far more frequent occurrence.

We aim to work with parents and carers of disabled and complex needs children to ensure that we can plan for their care as much as possible.  This may include agreeing the safest bed to sleep in, ensuring a hoist facility is available or arranging support from our play and music therapy teams. 

Who are we?

Martyn Wood - Lead Disability Specialist

My role at the children's hospital is to facilitate equal access to healthcare for children with complex needs; this means being a point of liaison between families and staff. I co-ordinate the care pathway for disabled children to ensure their needs are identified quickly so that the right adjustments can be made to support access to our services. I began my career at the children's hospital on PICU in 2001 and completed a conversion to children's nursing in 2007 - I started in my current role in 2015 and truly consider this my dream job. 

Claire Tomkins - Disability Matron 

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If you are a blude badge holder and also have a hospital passport, please contact the LIAISE team to request your drop-off zone parking pass, which will extend the time you can use the drop-off area.The hospital building is fully accessible with lifts and disabled facilities on every floor.  There is a Changing Place on Level 5 for older patients who are visiting outpatients and also a facility in the BRI Welcome Centre.


We are always working on new ways to better accomodate patients with disabilites and complex needs. Find out more about our ongoing projects here.

Contact Us

Phone: 01173421571