Ward 2 is a 24 bed general paediatric ward providing care for medical, orthopaedic and surgical patients. The ward cares for children from birth through to their 15th birthday.
The patients are mainly admitted via the Emergency Department or the paediatric acute assessment unit. The Acute Assessment Unit (AAU) is a 4 bed unit based at the entry to Ward 2. Referrals to the ward are accepted from GP’s, Midwives, Public Health nurses and other community based health agencies.
There are five Paediatricians working with the service. The paediatricians also hold outpatient clinics based at the Child Health Centre in Whangarei and at Northland DHB’s regional hospitals.
The ward is also supported by surgical and orthopaedic medical staff who see patients on the ward.
A Nurse Leader, who is available on the ward Monday to Friday during the day, manages Ward 2. Along with three shifts of nursing staff the ward has a multidisciplinary team that includes Ward Clerk, Social Worker, Dietitian, Speech Language Therapist, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, and Takawaenga (Maori Health Liaison). Chaplains are available on request.
The ward has the facilities to have one caregiver present while their child is in hospital. The caregiver is allocated a portable bed to sleep on and is provided with three meals per day. The caregiver is encouraged to be with their child during their hospital stay as this helps provide a more positive experience for the child.
The team work closely with the Child Health Community Nursing team and other health agencies. When a child is discharged the team may refer them to a paediatric community nurse for follow up in their own home. At times a child may be asked to return for follow up in the Acute Assessment Unit.
Visiting hours are open though we encourage people not to stay after 8.30 pm so that children can be settled.
Private Bag 9742
Ph: 09 430 4100