Coxen Adolescent Unit

Ward Information:
Coxen Adolescent Unit is a 29 bedded ward caring for children and teenagers up to the age of 18. The unit is divided into 17 beds for patients aged 13 - 17 years including two ensuite single rooms, 9 beds for children aged 0 - 12 years of age and three ensuite single rooms for private patients. We endeavour to admit patients to these areas appropriately depending on age and sex. On the teenage side of the unit patients are divided into boys and girls.

As patients are admitted to the Unit because of their age rather than condition the nursing staff are proficient in caring for patients with varying orthopaedic conditions and many patients with special needs and rare syndromes.

The majority of the nursing staff on the unit are registered children's nurses and all our staff are experiences in caring for children/teenagers and their families.

The unit practices family centred care which allows us to include the complete family in the patients care and how their admission may impact on other family members. Siblings are welcome on the unit but must be accompanied by a parent, nursing staff are not able to care for siblings.

You are allocated a nurse to care for you on a daily basis, they will introduce themselves to you and go through the plan of your day with you.

The Trust operates a strictly no smoking policy at all times.

Visiting Times & Parent Accommodation: We allow parents to stay with their child throughout the day and get as involved in their care as the patient and parent wants. We ask that you don't have more than two visitors at a time and arrange for them to visit after 15.00 when school finishes. Visiting time finishes at 20.00 but parents can stay until their child is settled.

We don't have room on the unit to accommodate parents by every bed space but we do have parental accommodation across the road from the unit.

One parent of very young children/ babies may stay overnight on the unit in a chair by the cot/bed or in a side room if one is available. Siblings cannot stay overnight on the unit unless in certain circumstances which will be agreed prior to admission.

Visitors may be asked to wait in the day room should you require any nursing interventions and we ask for their cooperation in this.

Theatres: Should you be admitted for an operation one parent can accompany you to theatre with a nurse and one parent can accompany the nurse to pick you up. We are unable to accommodate two parents in the anaesthetic and recovery rooms due to space restrictions and patient privacy and safety. Parents can stay with their child until they are asleep.

Meal times:

  • Breakfast from 08.00
  • Lunch from 12.00
  • Evening meal from 17.30

A menu will be available for you to choose from and snack boxes and toast are available outside of these hours. A trolley selling snacks and papers visits daily.

Coxen Adolescent Unit ward facilities

Shower rooms & Toilet Facilities: We have male and female showers and toilets. There is also a visitors toilet available. We have one bath for babies and small children.

Day Room & Play Facilities: There is a large day room for patients and visitors to use. This room includes a 50" TV, a pool table, Xbox and two PC terminals for Internet access, though restrictions do apply. All patients have access to the Internet via WiFi service for patients throughout the unit. You are welcome to bring your own laptops and tablets but the hospital does not take responsibility for loss or damage.

Mobile phones are allowed on the unit as we realise how important social networking is to this age group but we request you keep them on silent please.

The Play Team regularly undertake play sessions with groups of patients and work individually with the less mobile. They spend time with you going through what to expect should you be going to theatre and they have many distraction toys and games. They will also include siblings in their play sessions.

Parents Kitchen: We have a small room available for parents to make themselves hot drinks and snacks. The room includes a fridge freezer, microwave and kettle. You must bring your own food and drink and label it with your name and date. Anything not labelled and out of date will be thrown out. Crockery and cutlery is available in the parent accommodation but not on the unit so bring your own please.

We allow hot drinks on the unit but you must take responsibility for them.
Please do not access the main kitchen during meal times.

School: Schooling in hospital is a legal requirement. We have a school on the ward, teachers will meet with you on arrival and go through what school work you need to undertake. Many patients bring in work from their own schools and our teachers offer support with this. We have laptops available to assist with this.

Nurse Handover: This take place at 07.30 and 19.30 for half an hour. The nurse in charge undertakes this off of the unit.

Ward Rounds: The Paediatricians undertake a round at 10am on a daily basis. They will be reviewing your general health and medication. Your surgeon will visit you at some stage through out your stay as will their medical team. A nurse will be in attendance during these visits.

Coxen: 020 8909 5487
ADU: 020 8909 5488

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