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Ward 17

Ward 17 is a 25 bedded acute medical paediatric ward, providing service to acutely ill children (age birth to 15years) at Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust (BTHFT). Occasionally children are taken above 15 years who have had long standing care with the service with a view to arranging transition to adult services.

We also provide day case treatment for a variety of medical conditions and carry out day case investigations.

What we do

We provide a multidisciplinary, holistic service to ensure that acutely ill children receive the highest standard of treatment and nursing care.

Our approach to care embraces the philosophy of this trust, Putting Patients First. We strongly believe in and promote family centred care.

We actively support the #hellomynameis campaign.

The team

Senior Sister Ruth Tolley

Sister Karen Gregory

Sister Ruth Tolley

Sister Sarah Pendlebury

Sister Claire Hall

Sister Louise McConville

We have a team of staff nurses, health care assistants and a housekeeper.

Haematology staff for the haematology day case unit:

Haematology clinical Nurse Specialist  Linda Brooks

Sister Christie Benn

School Teachers

We have 8 teachers and one teaching assistant working in our school room.

Play therapists

Alison Kay

Cath Piggot

Getting here

Please use the link below to the ˜maps and directions' page:


Contact us

Telephone 01274 364394 or 01274 383217

Service opening times

The ward is open 24 hours a day

Parents have 24 hour access to the ward

Visiting times for family members and friends are 11am to 7pm

Translators and interpreters

Translators can be booked as required by the nursing staff or Doctors on the ward.

Referral pathways

Referrals and admissions to the ward are made by various routes:

  • A child is seen by GP and referred to the medical team and admission arranged to Ward 17 directly.
  • A child is taken to Accident and Emergency in an ambulance or self- referral by parent and later referred to Ward 17.
  • A child is referred to the Children's Assessment Unit (CAU) by the GP or the doctor in Accident and Emergency and later transferred to Ward 17. 
  • A child has a direct access arrangement and is admitted directly to Ward 17.

First appointment/what to bring

Please bring nappies if applicable.

A comforter if applicable.

Toiletries. i.e tooth brush tooth paste.

Please do not bring valuable toys. We cannot be responsible for damage or loss.


If you are having day case treatment/investigation, we will try our best to ensure your admission takes place on the day agreed. On occasions this is not possible due to bed pressures and the date may need to be rearranged at short notice.

Your letter will ask you to ring the ward before you leave home.

If we are unable to perform the test/treatment we will rearrange as soon as possible.


It is helpful to see regular medications taken by your child. If your child is admitted acutely you probably will not have them with you. If we need to see them we will ask you to bring them in.