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About the wards and staff

The Haemato-Oncology Team provide expert care and specialist treatment to babies, children and young people with a range of serious conditions related to blood disorders and cancer. Patients are cared for in an inpatient, day care and outpatient setting.

Inpatient and day care services are currently being delivered in Wards 6A and 4B in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH). The team will relocate back to Wards 2A & 2B in the adjacent Royal Hospital for Children (RHC) when the ongoing refurbishment programme is complete.

Outpatient care continues to be delivered in the main outpatient department within the RHC and there has been no change to this.

As a team, they aim to provide not only excellent standards of clinical treatment for every patient and their family but also that vital level of care and support that is so valuable to patients and families as they work through the physical, emotional and psychological challenges of what may be one of the most difficult periods in their lives.

Our team is made up of many different groups of people including; Nurses, Doctors, Pharmacists, Psychologists, Dietitians, Physiotherapists and Play Specialists, all working towards the common goal of supporting patients and families.

Our Estates and Facilities colleagues provide excellent support in ensuring our wards are cleaned and maintained to a high standard. Our dedicated catering support work hard at ensuring a range of nutritional options for children of all ages and will respond to individual requests where possible, recognising that appetites may come and go whilst children unwell and undergoing treatments.

Ward 4B is a 24 bedded inpatient ward in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.  The ward is used by the national a...

Ward 4B is a 24 bedded inpatient ward in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.  The ward is used by the national adult stem cell transplant service and has the appropriate ventilation and other infection control functions for such a specialist client group of patients.

The transfer of paediatric haematology oncology services from RHC to the QEUH included the national paediatric stem cell service.  These patients could not have had their treatment in Ward 6A, so agreement was reached for 4 cubicles in Ward 4B to be used for duration of transfer for this type of patient.

This arrangement has allowed the paediatric stem cell transplant service to continue treating their patients under the terms of its commissioning agreement.  Noting this was going to be paediatric activity ongoing in an adult clinical setting, special arrangements were put in place including the 4 cubicles being clustered together.

The nursing care for these patients is provided from the paediatric haematology oncology group based in Ward 6a.  Nurses working in Ward 4B are managed day to day by the SCN / nurse in charge based in Ward 6A.

As a footnote, when Ward 6A had restrictions on new admissions and certain type of inpatient chemotherapy treatment, Ward 4B was used to reduce the number of patients who were transferred to other units.

To allow for this, the number of cubicles allocated to the paediatric haematology oncology service in this ward was extended.  This was on a needs basis and under criteria that neither the adult or paediatric stem cell services were compromised.

Ward 6A has had no admission restrictions since 21st November 2019 and from then the use of Ward 4B has reverted back to 4 cubicles solely used by the national paediatric transplant stem cell service.

In the RHC paediatric haematology oncology services are delivered from Wards 2A and 2B. Ward 2A is a 26 bed inpatien...

In the RHC paediatric haematology oncology services are delivered from Wards 2A and 2B.

Ward 2A is a 26 bed inpatient area while ward 2B is an 12 space day care facility.

While these wards are predominantly used by children and young people with cancer, there will also be patients treated with immunology or benign haematology conditions.

In September 2019 all services from these two Wards were temporarily transferred to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

The remaining services were transferred to Ward 6A which has 26 cubicle spaces.

16 of these cubicle spaces are used for inpatient stays while 10 are used for ongoing day care treatment. There is flexibility for either to go up and down depending on workload.

Day care provision is mainly provided Monday to Friday although is available at the weekends for pre selected patients.

During the recent infection incident this ward was closed to new admissions and certain inpatient chemotherapy treatments.  This was precautionary while Estates work and infection control testing was completed and rooms were closed.  These restrictions were removed in November 2019.

The ward is staffed by nursing team from Wards 2A and 2B. It is supported by paediatric AHPs and other paediatric clinical teams including hospital at night. There are no adults treated in this ward.

The medical team arrangements are no different to what was provided in Wards 2A and 2B.

Recently a parent room and play area for patients has been introduced to the ward.

The ward staff continue to actively progress various interactive staff patient engagement initiatives in the Ward (and extended to parents located in Ward 4B) prior to services being relocated to Wards 2A and 2B in the summer of 2020.


A few patients may be admitted to PICU or other areas in RHC. Normally this will be because they require specialist intensive or surgical care. Infectious patients (chicken pox for example) will also be managed be managed in appropriate accommodation in RHC. These arrangements are no different to what was in place when services delivered from RHC.

These pages are a resource for parents and carers and will continue to be updated and enhanced through ongoing engagement with parents and carers.

If you have any questions or if you have suggestions regarding further content to be included on these pages, please contact us using the email address:

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Last Updated: 30 January 2020