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Paediatric Inpatient Services

Neonatal Care

Neonatal care is the treatment of babies who are ill, pre-term or born with low weight and require specialist treatment. Our Neonatal unit is specifically designed and equipped to provide all areas of care for babies born over 26 weeks gestation. The Unit is staffed by our caring and dedicated specialists in Neonatal care.

Children with the most severe problems including those born at the most extreme prematurity (26 weeks and under) will be cared for within the Neonatal Network. This is a group of hospitals working together to provide care, including Manchester Hospitals and Alder Hey. Children may be transferred for further care as necessary.

General Paediatrics

Rainbow Ward cares for children, up to 16 years of age, who have medical illnesses.
We look after children with all natures of ailments, but, as with Neonatal care, those children with the most extreme illnesses will be referred to the General Paediatric Network and transfer to Children’s Hospitals in Manchester and Liverpool is occasionally needed.

Sick or injured children will go to the Children’s Emergency Care Centre in the first instance, where they will be assessed. If admission to hospital is needed the appropriate place is then arranged. 

Some children will have a planned admission to the ward for investigations or simple procedures. Arrangements will be made with the family for these admissions.

All referrals for planned surgery are made via GPs or other healthcare professionals.

Children’s Surgery

Rainbow Ward also cares for children, up to 16 years of age, who need operations, either planned procedures or as an emergency. Specialist areas that we cover include:

  • ENT
  • Orthopaedics
  • Eye surgery
  • Dental surgery
  • Urology
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