Children's Services

Children's Unit

The children’s ward comprises of a 21 bedded inpatient unit, 8 bedded day case unit.

The ward is based at Hartshead South on the first floor and provides nursing care for children aged between 0 to 16 yrs of age (in secondary education) with a variety of medical, surgical, orthopaedic, ENT, dental and gynaecological problems. On the unit we are able to provide care for children and young people requiring a higher dependency of care, with a resuscitation and stabilisation area. The children’s unit is also currently involved in various research projects overseen by MRCN.

The team comprises of experienced paediatric nurses and auxiliaries who provide holistic family centred care 24 hours, 7 days a week. The team work closely with all members of the multi-disciplinary team in order to deliver evidence based care to a high standard which ultimately empowers both you and your child in preparation for discharge.

The unit’s aim is to support both you and your child by providing individualised care that meets and responds to the ever changing field of paediatric nursing.

We actively encourage involvement in your child’s care by providing facilities to enable you to be resident throughout their stay.

Referrals are accepted from General Practitioners, Accident and Emergency Department, the Observation and Assessment Unit and other health professionals. Patients are not able to self refer to this service.

Observation and Assessment Unit

An Acute Assessment Unit where children's illnesses can be stabilised and monitored by a specialist team of Children's Nurses. If your child's illness requires further monitoring after a 6 hour period, they are transferred to the Children's Unit or another appropriate health care setting.

Referrals are accepted from GPs A&E and other health care professionals. Patients are not able to self refer to this service.

If your child is fit for discharge after 6 hours, follow up care arrangements will be organised with either the Child's G.P, Children's Community Nursing Team or with the Children's Outpatient Department.

The Department is open 7 days a week from 9am -10pm.

Children's Outpatients Department

Image of logo for Childrens outpatientsThe Children’s Outpatient Department is situated at the south entrance of the Hartshead building on the ground floor.

The department is open 8.30-18.00hrs Monday to Thursday and 8.30-14.00hrs on a Friday (excluding Bank holidays)

Approximately 500 children aged 0-16years attend the clinic each week. The majority of clinics are for Paediatric doctor’s to see medical patients. There are also, Orthopaedic and Fracture clinics, Ear Nose and Throat, Dermatology, Asthma, Diabetic, Epilepsy, Endocrine, Cardiology, Urology, Genetic, Neurophysiology and Gynaecology clinics held within the department. Specialist Nurses, such as the epilepsy, Diabetic and Dermatology nurse also attend certain clinics or hold their own clinics as do Dieticians.

The department consists of a main reception and waiting area which also has a play area. Health Promotion information is displayed on boards around the waiting area. There are 10 consulting rooms, a plaster room, an audiology room, 2 baby changing /feeding rooms, a weighing room and several offices.

Staff in the Department

The department is run by a very experienced team; these include a Paediatric Sister and Staff Nurse who both work full time. There are 6 Outpatient Assistants working full or part time who are managed by a Clinic Administrator. There is also a full time Play Specialist who works closely with the Nursing staff.


We recognise that children are unique developing individuals whose best interest is our main concern and that all children and their families will be greeted in a calm, friendly and professional manner, receiving equal care regardless of their cultural/social background and religious, cultural and traditional beliefs are always respected. We endeavour to understand individual perspectives, opinions and feelings and acknowledge rights to privacy of children, adolescents and families.

The nurse will act as an advocate for the child and family and will encourage family centred care.

We aim to give children and families the information, support and reassurance they need.

We value the use of recreational and distraction play. Procedures are only performed when necessary following discussion and informed consent is obtained.

Our aim is to provide the highest standard of care through evidence based practice, we liaise with the multi-disciplinary team to ensure continuity of care and the department provides an environment conducive to learning and teaching.

Children's Community Nursing Team

Childrens Community Nursing team logo

The children’s community nursing team was established in 1995. Since then the team has grown in response to the need to provide ‘care closer to home’ for children and young people.

The team is based within the Children’s Outpatients’ Department at the hospital and provides nursing care for all children aged 0 to19 years old in the local community of Tameside and Glossop. The team can be contacted on 0161 922 5251 (voicemail available).

The team has worked hard to be responsive to the needs of the local community and has developed a co-ordinator role for easy access to a senior nurse between the hours of 10am and 6pm Monday to Sunday. The team runs clinics in the afternoon from 1-6pm, offering a service to non acutely ill children for such things as wound checks, burns dressings, BP recordings and long term condition management.

The team is comprised of 13 experienced paediatric nurses who care for children in the home/community setting with a wide range of clinical specialities, medical, surgical, oncology, cardiology and neonatal.

The team works from 8am to 8pm each day of the year and are able to accept referrals from all members of the multidisciplinary team. The team do not accept self referrals from parents at this time. Referrals are received by Fax 0161 922 5263. The team will provide an on call service for children and young people requiring end of life care at home.

The team is part of a multidisciplinary approach to preventing and avoiding hospital admission here at Tameside Acute NHS Trust, and has built up strong links with the local GP community, working together to look after children closer to home.

Contact the team on:
0161 922 5251 (voicemail available).

Children's Diabetes Team

 Our Paediatric Diabetes Team is now well established, and maintains excellent links between patient and family, hospital and GP, inpatient and outpatient departments, school and with the Young Person’s Clinic for young adults leaving the paediatric service.


Members of our diabetes team are:

  • Dr Sarah Tatnall, Consultant Paediatrician
  • Dr Jacqueline Birch, Consultant Paediatrician
  • Jenny Butterworth, Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurse
  • Karen Wright, Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurse
  • Rosemarie McCarthy, Paediatric Dietitian
  • Lindsey Elliott, Paediatric Dietitian
  • Vicky Charles, Clinical Psychologist
  • Wendy Hulse, Research Nurse
  • Angela Smith, Administrator


We work closely with our colleagues in the Psychology Department, as well as Children’s Outpatients nursing staff and clerical staff, Children’s Ward and Observation Unit nurses, doctors and paediatric secretaries, and the Children’s Community Nursing Team and play therapists. We work hard to help children and their families manage their diabetes effectively and appropriately, in a supportive and holistic manner, taking into account the way they want to live their lives and the things they want to do as much as is possible. We aim to be supportive, not critical or judgemental; also to be available for advice, in person or by phone, throughout the week. At any time a young person or family can obtain advice about problems with their child’s diabetes by ringing the on-call paediatric registrar, however, during office hours advice can be sought from the diabetes team. We now offer a robust insulin pump service, which is continuing to grow. We can offer insulin pumps to all children and young people giving them choice of pumps with the latest technology. We refer to NICE guidance for our pump criteria when selecting children and young people.


We aim to teach children and their families the skills and knowledge they need to manage their diabetes well. We regularly liaise with our colleagues in different paediatric diabetes services across the North West to ensure we are providing best practice. We are part of the North West Paediatric Diabetes Network where we share ideas and develop best ways of improving diabetes services nationally. We prepare our young people from the age of 12 about transition to adult services. We try and prepare them as well as possible for life as young adults and are always sorry when the time comes to refer them onto our colleagues in the Young Person’s Clinic.

Paediatric Community Medical Service

This community based service is part of the Paediatric Department. It provides specialist medical input into the management of children with specific vulnerabilities or needs such as children with disabilities, children with special educational needs and ‘Looked After’ children. The audiology service and the medical responsibility for Adoption and Fostering are also provided by this service. We provide school and clinic based services and we liaise closely with colleagues in education and social care. We have strong links with the multiagency/multidisciplinary Integrated Service for Children with Additional Needs, based at Rowan House.

Our team consists of one full time consultant, one part Community /part acute consultant, two associate specialist paediatricians and one staff grade paediatrician. We are supported by a dedicated administrative team.

We can be contacted at Hyde Clinic, Union Street, Hyde SK14 1NX.

Tel 0161 366 2289 Fax 0161 633 2180

Neonatal unit

nurse in neonatal unit image

All parents hope that their babies will be healthy. However, sometimes newborn babies need to be admitted to the Neonatal Unit for observation or treatment. This may be due to being born prematurely, having a difficult delivery or antenatal concerns. We understand that this is a stressful time for families and we aim to support families throughout their baby's stay and encourage parents to become involved in their baby's care.

The Neonatal Unit

Over 270 newborn babies are admitted to our unit each year. We work closely with the maternity department to provide a friendly, supportive perinatal service for pregnant women and their babies. We provide short term intensive care, high dependency care and special care for babies within the North West Neonatal Network.

Transfer between units

Babies less than 27 weeks gestation or very sick babies will need to be transferred to a tertiary neonatal unit which can provide longer term intensive care or more specialised care, such as surgery. If a baby needs to move to another hospital, the Northwest Neonatal Transport Service provide a dedicated service for this.

Transitional Care and Neonatal Outreach

We aim to keep babies with their mothers wherever possible and work closely with the postnatal ward to provide a Transitional Care facility. We also have a Neonatal Outreach team of community nursing staff to facilitate safe early discharge home.

NNU telephone numbers are: 0161 922 6079 / 0161 922 6189

Children’s Safeguarding Service

The Safeguarding Children Team is situated in Hartshead South on the Children’s Unit and comprises a named doctor, named nurse and 2 part time safeguarding trainers. There is also a named midwife based in the maternity department who works alongside a teenage pregnancy midwife.

Being a parent or carer is one of the hardest tasks anyone undertakes and as a team we aim to support those working with children and their parents/carers, to enable children to thrive in their families and communities. Safeguarding Children is Everyone's Business and we all have an interest in doing the best for children and young people.

All children have a right to be safe and protected from harm. The Trust aspires to the highest standards of corporate behaviour and clinical competence, in order to ensure that safe, fair and equitable guidelines are applied to all care provided to children.

Protecting children from harm and promoting their welfare depends on a shared responsibility and effective joint working between different agencies. The Trust has a statutory responsibility set out in the Children Act 2004 to safeguard the welfare of children, therefore any individual working within the Trust, irrespective of role or employment status has a duty to safeguard children.

Hospital Play Specialists

Childrens play team

The team consists of five qualified hospital play specialists; two full time and three part time. The team works Monday through to Friday 07:30 till 17:00hrs; providing a service for the Children’s Unit, Children’s Outpatients including an outreach service for the community whilst also receiving referrals from various departments on an ad hoc basis.

Our daily duties are inclusive of psychological and pos procedural play to prepare and distract children and young people for surgical and medical procedures such as pre-operational clinics/visits, to theatre, blood tests, x-rays etc.

The hospital play specialists accompany children, young people and their parent/carer to the anaesthetic room to provide distraction, comfort and support where needed.

The play team endeavour to ensure that all children and young people’s experiences are that of a positive nature aiming to alleviate fears, anxieties and tears throughout their hospital journey.

Paediatric Epilepsy Service

Epilepsy is the most common neurological condition, defined as a tendency to have recurrent seizures (sometimes called ‘fits’). Seizures are caused by a sudden burst of excess electrical activity in the brain, causing a temporary disruption in messages passed between the brain cells. This disruption can cause messages to be mixed up or stopped.

What is experienced in a seizure will depend on where in the brain the epileptic activity begins and how widely and rapidly it spreads. For this reason there are many different types of seizures and each person will experience epilepsy in a way that is unique to them.

The Paediatric Epilepsy Service involves a Consultant Paediatrician with a special interest in Epilepsy, Paediatric Epilepsy Specialist Nurse and Paediatric Neurologist.

We work in partnership with parents/carers, within a multi agency team for children and young people aged 0-19 years who have a diagnosis of epilepsy.

The service aims to:

  • Establish a correct diagnosis, working in partnership with the Paediatric Neurologist
  • Provide an ongoing epilepsy management plan including treatment
  • To work in partnership with parents, children and young people at all times
  • Offer support in the home environment
  • Provide advice / information and counselling about epilepsy and treatments
  • Provide Information on medication and side effects
  • Provide nurse led clinics
  • Provide information on safety / first aid and training on rescue medication
  • Support in school (individualised care plans) and address any issue of concern (only with parental consent)
  • Provide information on lifestyle issues
  • Provide information about support groups and voluntary organisations
  • Provide training and education to others involved in your care

Hope for Paediatric Epilepsy (HOPE)

Is a Support Group for Parents with children and young people who have epilepsy

The Benefits

  • Mutual support through contact with other parents of children and young people with epilepsy
  • Building relationships
  • Sharing knowledge and information
  • Gaining knowledge and information
  • Building confidence
  • Sharing difficult and challenging situations can be encouraging (knowing that you are not alone!)
  • Opportunity to help other parents and families
  • The chance to influent service provision for children and young people with epilepsy within Tameside

The support group is an informal meeting for parents and carers. We occasionally invite different agencies and speakers to talk to us about all topics around childhood epilepsies.

Paediatric Advanced Nurse Practitioners

A team of skilled children's nurses working within the Accident and Emergency Department providing consistent, high quality emergency care for children and young people. The aim of the service is to ensure children and young people are not admitted to inpatient areas if their care can be delivered safely and effectively at home. The practitioners aim to improve patient access to appropriate and relevant health care and to offer advice and information to empower children, young people and their families to actively promote their own health thereby reducing further attendance in the emergency department.


Directions / Contact


Contact the team on:
0161 922 5251 (voicemail available)

Using a Sat Nav

the address is:
Mellor Road
via Darnton Road,
postcode: OL6 6RW.