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Disney ward

Disney Ward


Contact details:

Telephone 01604 545518

Disney Ward
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
Northampton NN1 5BD

How to find us:

Disney Ward is located in area M (West entrance). The nearest car parks are 3 and 4. Disabled car parking is available in area K. Admission to the children’s wards and neonatal intensive care unit is through swipe-controlled doors.

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Visiting times

In normal circumstances, visiting times for parents are not restricted. Other visitors may come in between 14.00-20.00 and are limited to two people at any time. Brothers and sisters may visit but need to be supervised by their parents at all times. Children may visit a friend on the children’s wards but will need to be supervised.


What should I do once I get to the ward?

Please report to the ward reception office upon arrival. You will need to push the Disney ward intercom button at the entrance to the ward to gain access.


Where should I park?

Free parking passes are available for parents of children who are admitted onto the ward, receiving chemotherapy. Reduced parking charges are also available for parents of children receiving treatment at the hospital when 24 hours parking can be purchased for the same cost of a 3 hour ticket. Please ask staff for details.


What your child will need whilst in hospital

Please bring only essential items for your child with you as there is limited storage space. You will need to bring:

  • Your admission letter
  • The contact details of your child’s GP.
  • A small amount of money
  • Proof of entitlement to benefits, if appropriate
  • All medicines that your child is taking, this includes inhalers and any alternative medications that you have brought such as herbal remedies.
  • If your child holds a special card giving details of any current treatment, such as a steroid or anticoagulant card, you should also bring this with you. If your child is admitted to the hospital as an emergency, please arrange for their tablets and medicines to be brought in as soon as possible.
  • Day and night clothes
  • A toothbrush, soap, shampoo and any other toiletries
  • A towel and a face cloth
  • Nappies if your child uses them
  • Your child’s special toy or comforter. The staff will label this with your child’s name when they are admitted.
  • Any mobility aids that your child uses such as crutches or wheelchair. If your child uses any aids to help them communicate, please bring these with you.
  • Items of religious importance for you and your child.

    Lost personal items are not the responsibility of the hospital, so please take care of all valuables.


Other information

On admission you will be asked about your child’s dietary needs. Please tell the ward staff if your child has any special dietary needs, for example vegetarian, coeliac, halal, kosher. 

We provide three meals day, approximate times which depend on individual ward requirements are:

Breakfast  7.45 – 8.30
Lunch  11.45 – 13.00
Supper  17.00 – 18.00

Light snacks and hot drinks are available on the ward. There is an out of hours meal service for children arriving on the ward after the official mealtimes have ended.

Drinking water is available in a designated area of the ward.

During mealtimes clinical activity is reduced as much as possible to allow your child to eat their meals in a pleasant and undisturbed manner.

Disney has access to a parent's room, situated on Paddington ward, where eating and drinking facilities are available. Children are not allowed in the parent's room and hot drinks may not be taken onto the ward.


About the team


 Ward Manager:                    Childrens Macmillan Nurse:                    Oncology/Haematology lead:               
Jan Matthews                        Sheila Fox                                                 Dr Bindu Koodiyedath


Children with a wide range of illnesses are cared for by a team of paediatricians. Children are admitted to Disney ward directly from GPs, A&E, paediatric assessment unit or electively for surgery. The ward also specialises in oncology & haematology conditions.

Disney ward has a number of four-bedded bays, as well as single rooms. There are facilities for one parent/carer to stay with their child overnight. There is a parent’s room equipped with a microwave, toaster and kettle. There is a dedicated en-suite room for oncology.

During term-time, children who are well enough attend the hospital school. There is also an activity centre that the children can access. Play specialists are available.

Medical cover is provided by a team of consultant paediatricians and specialists surgeons, registrars and other junior doctors. We are a training hospital and at times you may be asked if your child can be seen by a medical student. 

The nursing staff are led by the ward manager. Most nurses have a qualification in children’s nursing, and some have additional qualifications. There are also hospital play specialists, nursery nurses, health care assistants and ward receptionists in the team. Student nurses are also on placement on the ward. The team is supported by the practice development facilitator for paediatrics.

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