Children's/Paediatric Nursing Service

Acute children’s Nursing Services are provided in Antrim Area Hospital, Causeway Hospital in Coleraine and Mid Ulster Hospital in Magherafelt. Community Children’s Nursing (CCN) services are also provided in the community.

Paediatric Ward, Antrim Area Hospital

Sr Joan Jenkins
Tel: 028 9442 4266

The Paediatric Ward at Antrim Area Hospital has 26 beds which incorporate Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Acute Paediatric Medicine, Emergency Paediatric Surgery and Paediatric ENT Surgery. The ward ethos promotes family centred care and works closely with the CCN service providing an integrated children’s nursing service.

Neonatal Unit, Antrim Area Hospital

Sr Janet Lambrechts
Tel: 028 9442 4170

The Neonatal Unit has 16 cots:

  • Four intensive care 
  • Two high dependency 
  • Ten special care

The Neonatal Unit is also part of the Regional Neonatal Network. Within the Unit there are advanced neonatal nurse practitioners, enhanced neonatal nurse practitioners and a team of highly skilled neonatal nurses. The Unit promotes family centred care and provides a high standard of care through latest research and technology. Education and development is a key priority.

Paediatric Ward, Causeway Hospital

Sr Heather Cairns
Tel: 028 7034 6059

The Paediatric Ward at Causeway Hospital incorporates a children’s inpatient ward and outpatient facility. The ward has thirteen beds and can accommodate acute medical and surgical inpatients. There are medical, surgical and specialist paediatric outpatient clinics, which include cardiac, neurology, diabetes and allergy clinics, held in a designated area of the Paediatric Ward. Family centred care is practiced and there is close working with the Community Children's Nursing (CCN) service providing an integrated children’s nursing service.  The CCN team is based within the Paediatric Ward in Causeway Hospital.

Children's Unit - Mid Ulster Hospital

Sr Rhonda McMaster
Tel: 028 7963 1031

There is a 10 bedded Children's Day Unit at Mid Ulster Hospital which includes a Paediatric Ambulatory Medical Assessment Unit, ENT, day surgery, general paediatric, allergy, diabetic and dietetic clinics.

Referrals to the Ambulatory Unit are taken from GPs, Emergency Departments, Community Children's Nurses, Midwives, Health Visitors and other hospitals. Several children with complex needs have direct consultation to the Unit.

The Unit is staffed with an Associate Specialist in Paediatrics, Monday – Friday, 9 am - 5 pm and a Consultant Paediatrician is available during clinic sessions.

The Unit also has a dedicated nursing team who have an ongoing programme of training and education. Several have gained recognised qualifications in various childhood diseases.

Community Children’s Nursing (CCN) Service

The Trust has three CCN teams based in five localities who provide a service to children who are acutely or chronically ill, have complex health needs and or require palliative and end of life care. The CCN teams:

  • Provide direct nursing care to children at home thus minimising hospitalisation where appropriate.
  • Provide child specific advice within educational or residential facilities.
  • Teach parents, teachers and other carers to provide care and treatment to specific children through a comprehensive competency framework.
  • Monitor a child’s progress and liaise with medical and other allied health professionals as necessary.

The registered nursing staff are supported by a team of support carers who may care for a named child/children either in the home or school environment. The support carers are trained by the nursing staff within the CCN team and the Paediatric Clinical Educator.

The CCN teams work closely with the Education and Library Board to ascertain the health needs of children in special and mainstream schools. Where applicable, the team provides training and information to teachers and classroom assistants for children with specific health needs.

Contact details

East Antrim CCN Team
Sr Hayley McKenna
Antrim base Tel: 028 9441 5728
Carrickfergus base Tel: 028 9331 5824

Central CCN Team
Sr Aideen Devlin
Magherafelt base Tel: 028 7936 6800

Northern CCN
Sr Sharon Cooper
Ballymena base Tel: 028 2563 5445
Coleraine base Tel: 028 7034 6360

Paediatric Epilepsy Nurse Specialist

Lesley Alexander
Tel: 028 9442 4600

The Paediatric Epilepsy Nurse Specialist (PENS) has the lead responsibility for providing specialist nursing skills, knowledge and expertise in the care and management of children and adolescents with epilepsy. The PENS works closely with the medical team, hospital and community teams and other allied health professionals to provide expert nursing interventions and support to children with epilepsy and their families. The PENS promotes child focused family-centred care and acts as a resource for healthcare professionals involved with children with epilepsy.

Paediatric Discharge/Transitions Coordinator

Debbie Hewitt
Tel: 028 9442 4600

The Paediatric Discharge/Transitions Coordinator is responsible for coordinating all discharges and transitions for children with complex health needs. This includes the transition of children from hospital to home, home to school and from childrens to adult services. The Paediatric Discharge/Transitions Coordinator is responsible for developing partnership approaches with Disability Social Work Teams, medical and allied health professions and pursuing networking opportunities across professional, organizational boundaries and with voluntary bodies.

Paediatric Clinical Educator

The Paediatric Clinical Educator leads in supporting the training and continuous professional development needs of a skill mix of nursing staff working with children with complex health needs in home, school and residential settings. This includes being responsible for establishing multi-disciplinary networks to identify and manage unmet training needs for carers supporting children with complex health needs across the nursing allied health and social care programmes of care in a range of settings.

Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Carolanne Getty
Tel: 028 2563 5471

The Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurse (PDSN) has the lead responsibility for providing specialist nursing skills, knowledge and expertise in the area and management of children and adolescents with diabetes. The PDSN works closely with the medical team, hospital and community nurses and other allied health professionals to provide expert nursing interventions and support to children with diabetes and their families. The PDSN promotes child focussed family centred care and acts as a resource for healthcare professionals involved with children with diabetes.

Paediatric Clinical Governance Nurse 

Claire McCallum
Tel: 028 9442 4600

The Paediatric Clinical Governance Nurse has responsibility for the clinical governance and risk management strategy in the Children's Nursing Service.  This includes leading and supporting staff in establishing a clear, strong focus on patient safety and quality of care throughout the service.

 

 

 

 

 

Page last updated:09 May 2016