Starlight Ward (WM)

Welcome to Starlight Ward

Welcome to Starlight Ward. We appreciate that this is a stressful time for you and hope that by working together, we can make your child’s stay easier. Your child will be cared for by a number of professionals within our team. These include specialist doctors, nurses and play specialists together with home care nurses, dieticians, social workers and physiotherapists.

Bed allocation

Priority for side rooms is given to infectious children and small babies.

Visiting times

We ask that you and visitors are considerate to fellow patients. Many need to sleep or rest after an operation or may be feeling unwell and need peace or privacy.

Visiting times are 1–8pm, except parents/carers who are welcome to stay with their children. Only one parent or carer can stay overnight.

Should parents or carers wish to stay, we have facilities for them to sleep next to the patient’s bed. Bed linen is provided. We ask that parent beds are folded away for ward round.

What you will need during your admission to hospital

  • Pyjamas/nightdress
  • Wash bag
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Clothes
  • Favourite toy/comforter
  • Nappies, changing equipment
  • Special  feeds/regular medication
  • Overnight bag for parents/carers if staying

We provide formula for babies and have a child friendly menu as well as the standard menu for you to choose from.

Rumbles Restaurant opening hours are 8am–8pm

Rumbles Restaurant can be found at the back of the atrium, in the East Wing of the hospital, and serves a wide range of hot and cold food, snacks and drinks. There are a number of 24-hour vending machines available in the hospital for hot and cold drinks, sweets, crisps and snacks.

Shop and ward trolley

A service selling newspapers, sweets, drinks, crisps, fruit and chocolate and minor items circulates the unit every morning.

Mobile phones

Mobile phones are allowed on the unit. We ask that mobiles are put on silent/vibrate mode and answered away from the bedside in the corridors from 8pm–8am.


We have televisions/DVD in all cubicles. The televisions in the four bedded bays are for all children to share. A selection of DVD can be found in the playroom and adolescent room. All main ward televisions are to be turned off by 9pm.

Play specialists and play room

Play specialists are available on the unit and work from the play room. The play specialist is specially trained in preparing children for certain procedures. For example, going to theatre and distracting them during unpleasant procedures. Those children unable to access the playroom will be brought toys and activities to the bedside. You are welcome to take toys to your child’s bedside.

Ward teachers and hospital school

We are fortunate to have two school teachers and we ask that your child attends our school if eligible and well enough. The teachers will also work at the bedside if your child is unable to attend the class room.


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