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Child and Adolescent Services

Child, Adolescent and Neonatal services

We provide a comprehensive range of Child Health,  Paediatric and Neonatal services.

The Consultant-led In-patient facilities are based at the University Hospital of North Durham.  Darlington Memorial Hospital  & Bishop Auckland General Hospital offer day case surgery and some medical investigations.

In addition we provide:

  • Out-patient clinics in the three sites above also Chester Le Street Shotley Bridge and Stanley Health centre
  • Community nursing to families and children in their own homes following Consultant referral
  • Neonatal Outreach allowing babies and families to return home with support from the special care baby unit staff.

We have Consultants with a range of special interests including Audiology Asthma Cardiology Constipation Cystic Fibrosis Diabetes Endocrinology Enuresis Epilepsy Gastroenterology Neuro-developmental Respiratory and Rheumatology. Many work closely with specialists at the Great North Children's hospital.

We also host specialist clinics for Cardiology Cystic Fibrosis Neurology and epilepsy Nephrology and Rheumatology.

We see over 7000 new patients per annum in our Out-patient clinics and treat nearly 9000 patients in our In-patient and Day Case facilities.

Inpatient Services

Darlington Memorial Hospital & University Hospital of North Durham both have paediatric inpatient beds day case beds and assessment areas. Also a neonatal unit next to the maternity ward.

Bishop Auckland General Hospital has a once weekly dedicated paediatric day procedures list and daily outpatient services.


Additional Information

On 23 November 2010 Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust together launched "The Great North Children's Hospital at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust", linking services between The Great North Children's Hospital in Newcastle and children's services at Bishop Auckland Darlington Memorial and University Hospital of North Durham.

These links include:

Referral of Durham and Darlington children to the Great North Children's Hospital for specialist care.

Consultants from the Great North Children's Hospital who hold specialist clinics in Durham and Darlington Hospitals Durham and Darlington

Consultants who are working part time at the Great North Children's Hospital to develop their special interests.

Staff at both trusts believe that they can build further on these beneficial links to improve the quality of care provided for children in the North East.

'In recent times, I have utilised admissions to Richardson for respite direct from my fracture clinic, even at weekends. I have never worked anywhere with this efficiency before - it is reassuring and invaluable for the patient.'

Patient, Lowson / Starling Wards, Richardson Hospital