Trust Grade ST1-3 in Paediatrics

Northampton General Hospital is a larger than average district general hospital of approximately 800 beds with most major specialties.  The town has good road and rail links with the rest of the country.  The hospital is in the centre of Northampton and serves the district of South Northamptonshire, a mixed rural and urban community with a population of approximately 333,000 of whom 68,000 are under the age of 15.

Work in the Paediatric Department

General Paediatrics

There are two paediatric wards (Paddington and Disney wards) with a total of 47 beds for general paediatrics, surgery, urology, trauma and orthopaedics.  There is a 3-bedded high dependency unit.

Regular outpatient sessions are held in the Paediatric Outpatient Department and approximately 5400 patients are seen each year.  There are specialist clinics in cardiology, diabetes, endocrinology, cystic fibrosis, epilepsy, oncology, genetics, gastroenterology, rheumatology, allergy and children’s orthopaedics.  Visiting consultants from Oxford, Great Ormond Street, Birmingham and Leicester run joint clinics in cardiology, neurology, nephrology, and surgery.

Neonatal Paediatrics

The neonatal unit (Gosset ward) occupies a site fully integrated within the paediatric department and close to the delivery suite.  The unit practices all aspects of neonatal intensive care (with the exception of specialist neonatal surgery) and has 20 cots, 6 of which are designated for intensive care and High dependancy.  In 2010, there were in excess of 4500 deliveries within the trust, with 425 infants admitted to SCBU.The unit is part of the Central Newborn Network and clinical practice is delivered within a framework defined by such. It is a designated level 2 unit and as part of the network agreement offers full intensive care to babies of 27 weeks gestation and above.

Child Development Centre

There is an active Child Development Centre on the Northampton GeneralHospital site providing a comprehensive service for the multidisciplinary assessment and management of children with physical disabilities and developmental delay in the early years, referred by primary care workers or the paediatricians.  There is also a Children’s Hearing Clinic.

 Clinical Genetics

There is a Clinical Genetics Service provided by Dr Sue Price and Dr Jenny Carmichael , who work between Northampton and Kettering with the help of a genetics nurse.

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