Mountain ward children's high dependency unit

Mountain ward provides 30 beds for babies, children and young people, including a 7 bedded medical high dependency unit, supporting care for children and young people in our local community and across the south east.

Our medical nursing team cares for elective and emergency patients from a range of specialties, including complex respiratory, long-term ventilation, palliation and haemoglobinopathies. We are the main ward for local children admitted from our emergency department and work closely with the children’s community nurses and the Hospital@Home team.

The wide variety of conditions we treat develops skills and knowledge in both common childhood conditions, like bronchiolitis, asthma and diabetes, as well as specialist conditions, such as paediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome (PIMS-TS). The Evelina London team were amongst the first in the world to report PIMS-TS as a new condition. It is thought to be caused by an earlier COVID-19 infection, which has provoked the immune system, triggering an inflammation. Our nursing team are supported by clinical educators and clinical nurse specialists connected to the ward, who will help you develop your skills and knowledge in all of these areas.

Mountain high dependency unit provides care for patients requiring a higher level of supervision or intervention. The unit is supported by a highly-skilled, multi-disciplinary team who work together, to ensure optimum care for the child and family. The length of stay varies, but children with complex respiratory or airway needs often have a long stay on the ward, so it is important for our nurses to build a strong bond with the children in their care.

The unit has seven designated medical, high dependency beds for babies, children and young people.

Our team of nurses have exceptional skills in managing high dependency patients with complex conditions and have regular learning opportunities to share and develop their skills. Our excellent clinical educator and senior nurses offer ongoing support and education.