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Children's Inpatient Service

Who we are

We are a team of paediatric doctors, paediatric nurses, play specialists and health care assistants based within the Treetops unit at the University Hospital North Durham, and Ward 21, Darlington Memorial Hospital. We also have strong links with specialist doctors across the Trust who complement our services.

For a full list of Consultant Paediatricians please CLICK HERE to the homepage and scroll to key staff


What we do

Across both sites

  • Provide assessment and inpatient beds for children from birth to 16 years (young people with specific long term health needs may access the service up to 18 years).
  • We treat medical, surgical and orthopaedic paediatric acute and chronic conditions working closely with our colleagues at The Great North Children's Hospital in dealing with more complex conditions.
  • We believe strongly in family involvement in the care of the child.

Ward 21, Darlington Memorial Hospital

The ward specialises in ear, nose and throat, general surgery and ophthalmology services for children. As well as inpatient services, the ward has a dedicated paediatric day assessment / day surgery unit.

Treetops, University Hospital of North Durham

The ward specialises in plastic and orthopaedic surgery. As well as inpatient services, the ward has a dedicated paediatric day surgery unit.

'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