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Children’s services

Welcome to children’s services at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.

Our children’s service is kind, caring, compassionate and supportive with friendly, fun nurses, doctors and allied health professionals.

We understand it is a difficult and often emotional time when your child is in hospital and therefore we want to do all that we can to put you at ease and make the experience of being in hospital a pleasant one. We want to make sure your child is as comfortable as possible during their stay and you, as parents and carers, are given all the information you need.

A team of allied health professionals and specialist nurses support the units.  We also have health play specialists who enable the children and young people to play, learn and discover while in hospital. They have an important role in the preparation of the child for procedures, distraction and allowing parents and carers a support network for their child whilst in hospital.

About us

MTW children services accommodates children and young people from birth to 16 years old. We have a number of different areas offering excellent standards of care and we strive to maintain an innovative service at all times.

We treat a full range of conditions including:

  • Planned treatment and surgeries – ophthalmology, urology, ENT and orthopaedic
  • Emergency surgical/medical treatment
  • Oncology including community support
  • Diabetes
  • Endocrine
  • Respiratory
  • Allergy
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Gastroenterology
  • Epilepsy
  • Paediatric Orthopaedics
  • Transition to adult services

We have the following services at Tunbridge Wells Hospital:

  • Hedgehog Inpatient Ward
  • Woodlands Assessment Unit
  • Treetops Day Surgery Unit
  • Children’s Outpatients
  • Paediatric Accident and Emergency Department – 24 hours
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

We have the following services at Maidstone Hospital:

  • Riverbank Assessment Unit
  • Children’s Outpatient Department
  • Paediatric Accident and Emergency Department

Please note that the Trust’s Diana community children’s nursing service is now provided by Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT), which already provides multiple children’s services across Kent and Medway and is an experienced community services’ provider.

If you are in receipt of this service it means that your child’s care will now be provided by a KCHFT team of healthcare professionals, either in a clinical setting or in your home depending on your child’s health needs. You do not need to do anything; your child’s care will continue as it is now and your supplies will now be delivered by KCHFT.

As an acute trust, MTW works really closely with KCHFT, which holds an ‘outstanding rating’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and specialises in community nursing.  So, we would like to reassure you that your child will receive the very best care and they will continue to provide the same level of service. You can find out more about  KCHFT’s children’s community nursing team by clicking here.

For information on MTW’s inpatient, outpatient and day units, visit A – Z Wards

You can also find out more about common childhood illnesses and wellbeing by viewing our booklet.