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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.

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.

Dr Godfrey Nyamugunduru

General paediatrics, respiratory paediatrics

Dr Ewa Posner

General paediatrics, diabetes, undergraduate education

Dr Hugh Stewart

General paediatrics, epilepsy, CFS-ME

Dr Stephen Cronin

General paediatrics, Designated Doctor for Safeguarding, Associate Group Director for Children's Services

Dr El-Mehdi Garbash                    

General paediatrics, Trust lead for neonatology

Dr Maren Spencer                        

General paediatrics, allergy, ambulatory care

Dr Asha Nair    

General paediatrics, cardiology

Dr Hisham Arabi

General paediatrics, endocrinology and diabetes, obesity clinic

Dr Rajesh Balu

General paediatrics, neurodisability, epilepsy, site lead UHND

Dr Hilary Workman

Resident consultant, respiratory paediatrics

Dr Punit Shah

Resident consultant, allergy

DHM team

Dr Tushar Banerjee

General paediatrics,allergy and gastroenterology

Dr John Furness           

General paediatrics, respiratory paediatrics, Named Doctor for Safeguarding

Dr Furrukh Jamil

General paediatrics, diabetes, endocrinology

Dr Indra Thakur 

General paediatrics, neonatology

Dr Sherina Ross

General paediatrics, gastroenterology

Dr Dinakaran  Jayachandran

General paediatrics, rheumatology, site lead for DMH

Dr Allison Morrison

General paediatrics, gastroenterology

Dr Heather Smith                         

General paediatrics, gastroenterology, lead for appraisal, Designated Paediatrician for Child Deaths

Dr Antima Banerjee                     

General paediatrics, diabetes, undergraduate education (Associate specialist in the consultant rota)

Dr Nitin Verma

General paediatrics with resident on call

Dr Latha Rengaraju

General paediatrics with resident on call

Dr Punit Shah

General paediatrics with resident on call.

'I would like to thank all the staff for my treatment and their professionalism.'

Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital