Service is delivered to all patients regardless of ability
We are a Level 2 Paediatric Oncology Shared Care Unit that works with the Primary Treatment Centre in Oxford caring for those children up to the age of 16 years with cancer. We administer chemotherapy and provide supportive care to those patients on active treatment for cancer. We also provide long term follow up once treatment is completed.
We have a large multi-disciplinary team to provide a range of services to those children receiving treatment for cancer. The team includes a Paediatrician with an interest in Paediatric Oncology,an associate Specialist Doctor with interest in Oncology, 2 Clinical Nurse Specialists, a dedicated Paediatric Pharmacist, a Paediatric Clinical Psychologist and a CLIC Sargent Social Worker. We also have access to physiotherapists and occupational therapists depending on the individual needs of the child.
Where to go
- Royal Berkshire Hospital
Lion Ward Level 3 Centre Block and Children’s Clinic (Ground Floor, South block)
- RG1 5AN
Time / Date Details
- When is it on
- Lion Ward is open 24 hours for all children receiving chemotherapy to provide all supportive care. Chemotherapy is administered mainly on a Tuesday morning in the weekly Oncology clinic. Low risk chemotherapy can be administered Monday to Friday on the ward or at home by the Clinical Nurse Specialists. The Clinical Nurse Specialists also provide visits to nursery’s, pre-schools and Schools to provide education for those caring for the children whilst they are on treatment. This ensures the children can continue to receive valuable education and time with their peers. We also work with the Children’s Community Nurses form BHFT who provide line care and blood sampling service in the community to reduce the need for the child and family to attend the hospital.
- Is there a charge for
using this service?
- Wheelchair accessible?
- Age Ranges
0 to 16 years
- Referral required
- Contact Name
- Kellie Oakley
- Contact Telephone
- 0118 322 7516
- Contact Email
- Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
Primary (4-10 years)
Secondary (11-16 years)
- Needs Level
- SEN Provision Type
- Local Offer Updated
General Provider Response
- Is your service accessible?
Lion Ward is open 24 hours for all children receiving chemotherapy to provide all supportive care. Chemotherapy is administered mainly on a Tuesday morning in the weekly Oncology clinic.
Low risk chemotherapy can be administered Monday to Friday on the ward or at home by the Clinical Nurse Specialists. The Clinical Nurse Specialists also provide visits to nursery’s, pre-schools and Schools to provide education for those caring for the children whilst they are on treatment. This ensures the children can continue to receive valuable education and time with their peers.
We also work with the Children’s Community Nurses form BHFT who provide line care and blood sampling service in the community to reduce the need for the child and family to attend the hospital.
The service is accessible to all paediatric oncology patients under 16years. The premises are accessible to all physical abilities.
- What are the eligibility criteria for your service?
To be under 16 years with an Oncological diagnosis.
- How are referrals/applications made to your service?
Referrals are made by the GP when an oncological diagnosis is suspected in a child under 16years. Initial treatment and preliminary diagnosis is made at the RBH before referring to the Primary Treatment Centre in Oxford.
Once the child has a confirmed oncological diagnosis made by the Primary Treatment Centre we can provide some of their treatment depending on the type of cancer, and all supportive care.
- What is your service standard for responding to referrals/accessing services?
GPs can refer in on a Two Week Wait to be seen by a Paediatrician or can refer directly into the Paediatric Emergency Department.
Once preliminary tests suggest an oncological diagnosis the child is transferred to the Primary Treatment Centre.
Once the diagnosis has been confirmed by the Primary Treatment Centre the patient has access to care and/or treatment at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.
- Inspection outcomes/quality awards
The National PEER review Programme is an annual review of Children’s Cancer Services across the country. At the Royal Berkshire Hospital, we are 94% compliant with all the measures.
The CQC gave the Paediatric service an overall Good rating for 2014
- Feedback and complaints procedure
We regularly seek feedback from parents/carers. This feedback is audited to build and improve our services.
Complaints procedure is available on the Royal Berkshire Hospital Website. Support is available from the patient advisory Liaison Service (PALS) should you wish to make an enquiry.
- How will I know my child will be safe using this service?
The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is committed to providing the highest quality of care for children and young people and considers the safeguarding and protection of children to be a high priority throughout the organisation.
Safeguarding the welfare and wellbeing of all children and young people who use our services, including those with special educational needs and disability is essential to providing health care; this includes protecting their health, human rights and ensuring they are free from harm, abuse or neglect.
‘The action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm is 'everyone’s responsibility’
• The Trust meets statutory requirements in relation to Criminal Records Bureau checks
• Child Protection Polices and systems are up to date and robust including processes for flagging up children who miss outpatient appointments and a system for flagging children for whom there are child protection/safeguarding concerns.
• There is a Board level Executive Director lead for safeguarding
• Named professionals are clear about their roles and have sufficient time and support to undertake them.
• There is a rolling programme of training within the Trust to ensure that all eligible staff are appropriately trained
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