About our childrens' services

Royal Brompton Hospital

The children’s department includes: 

  • the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU)
  • the high dependency unit (HDU)
  • Rose Ward 
  • the paediatric sleep unit. 

As a tertiary referral centre, our dedicated team of highly-skilled professionals provide a holistic service to children and their families. 

Using the very latest technology and therapies, the paediatric team provides state-of-the-art treatment in a friendly atmosphere. We pride ourselves on our exceptional work with clinicians, allied health professionals and play, family and educational support workers. 

We promote family-centred care, and parents are actively encouraged to stay in the hospital so they can be involved in their child’s care. Family accommodation is provided either within the ward area or nearby.

When children become teenagers they begin the transition to adult services. Between the ages of 16 to 18, their care is transferred to the adult cardiology/respiratory teams at the hospital.

Paediatric intensive care unit

The paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) is a 16-bed unit where staff care for both respiratory and cardiac patients requiring investigations and treatments, including extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). 

Patients are admitted to the unit after surgery, or transferred to us from district general hospitals or other tertiary care units.

Find out more about PICU

High dependency unit

The high dependency unit (HDU) has eight beds split between PICU and Rose Ward that provide step-up or step-down care. 

Children in the unit may be recovering from surgery, or require extra physical support or observation.

Rose Ward

Rose Ward has 34 beds and takes patients with respiratory and cardiac conditions. 

There are three dedicated beds for day cases, four beds for the sleep laboratory, four HDU beds, three six-bed bays and nine single cubicles.

Find out more about Rose Ward

Paediatric outpatients

Children with respiratory illness, congenital heart disease and acquired heart disease often need lifelong care. 

They will have regular appointments with a specialist team including doctors, nurses and allied health professionals at either Royal Brompton or Harefield hospital. 

Visiting times

Parents and other relatives and friends can visit at any time, but we have to limit the people around the bedside to two at a time.

If any friends and family have a cough, cold or a stomach upset they should not come until they are better. 

If any friends come late, when other children are trying to go to sleep, please see them in the waiting room, not on the ward.