Welcome to Ipswich Hospital
Our Passion, Your Care
Paediatric Assessment Unit (PAU) on Boxford Ward

Access guides for Ipswich Hospital

Main department telephone no: 01473 702198
Nearest car park:
Nearest entrance:
Directions from entrance to department:
Car Park F or D View car parking information.
Entrance 2 (South Wards)
From Entrance 2, turn left into the hospital corridor following the signs for Boxford Ward, Paediatric Assessment Unit is situated on Boxford Ward. Take the first corridor on the right. You enter Boxford Ward by the door on the left at the bottom of the corridor. View hospital map.
Children's Unit Sister: Hannah Page
Overview: PAU is an emergency admissions ward. Children can be referred to PAU by their GP (family doctor), midwife, health visitor or community nurse. If you do not have a referral you should either see your GP or attend the Emergency Department, as PAU does not operate a ‘walk in’ service.

Children are admitted to the PAU under the care of consultant paediatricians. Our paediatricians all look after children with a range of conditions, but also may have special interests. Children are also admitted under the care of other specialities such as General Surgery, Urology, Ear Nose and Throat (ENT), Maxillofacial and Orthopaedic consultants.

Our consultant paediatricians
Dr K O'Neill Epilepsy
Dr C Yale Oncology and rheumatology
Dr M James Neonatology and emergency care
Dr J Buck Diabetes and endocinology
Dr P Desai Cardiac care and allergies
Dr R Aniapravan Respiratory care and cystic fibrosis
Dr D Fernando Oncology
Dr A McDonald Endocrinology and metabolism

Our associate specialist
Dr D Herath Endocrinology
What to expect when your child is admitted: Please report to the nurses’ station in PAU, a nurse will show you to your child’s bed or cot, or to the waiting room. The nurse will ask for some information from you regarding what has been happening during your child’s current illness, about any past medical history they may have check if there has been a change in your child’s address, contact telephone number, GP or the school they attend.

The nurse will also take some observations. This means that they will check your child’s temperature, heart and breathing rate, oxygen saturations and blood pressure. They will also measure your child’s weight and height. Sometimes the nurse may also take a blood sugar reading which is obtained from a small drop of blood from a finger or heel prick (similar to when a baby’s newborn screening is done).

We aim for a registered nurse to see your child within 15 minutes of you arriving on the ward. However, this may not always be possible, especially if a lot of children have arrived in a short space of time or we are treating a child who is seriously ill. Once the nurse has assessed your child, we aim for your child to be seen by a doctor within 1 hour, but again, please be aware this may not always be possible.

Once your child has been seen, it may be necessary to do more tests, or give medications to treat your child. Tests may include blood tests, X-rays, urine or stool (poo) samples.  Medications can include antibiotics, pain relief, antipyretics (medication to bring down a raised temperature), inhalers and nebulisers. A period of observation may also be required.

Children may also attend PAU for short notice follow-up appointments. We try to see children in order of appointment time, but this is not always possible as the doctor of the correct grade may not be available. We are primarily an emergency admissions ward and doctors may need to see the children who have been admitted before your child.

If you are running late please call on 01473 702198 to check that it will still be possible for your child to be seen. We try to see every one as near as possible to their appointment time, sometimes it take longer than the appointment time to see a child or a doctor may be called away to an emergency which can cause delays.

If possible, please avoid bringing in your child’s pushchair into the department as there is limited room. We understand that you may need to bring your child in their pushchair, if they have mobility problems, such as cerebral palsy or if you have travelled to the hospital by bus. Also, please avoid bringing other children or more than one other adult with you due to limited space.

If English is not your first language and you think you or you child may find it difficult  to understand the doctor or it will be difficult for you to give the doctor information about your child’s problem, please try to bring someone with you to interpret. If this is not possible and you are attending for a follow up appointment, please could you inform us before your child’s appointment so a telephone interpreter can be booked.
When and where to get results: Most results will be available on the day of your child’s admission, however, some tests take longer for the results to be available. Please ensure that you have given your nurse your contact telephone number(s), so that the doctors can contact you if there are any results that need further action following your child's discharge from the unit.


Related documents and links to further information