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Paediatrics (Children's Services)

Paediatric (Children's Services)

Referral Process

Outpatient referrals for children should be made to general paediatrics or the named speciality consultant as listed in the section below. General Paediatric referrals will be triaged by the consultant team and allocated to the most appropriate consultant. Where the community services are more suitable, we will inform the referrer and signpost to the most appropriate service.

Out Patients Booking Dept
(Name of Specialty)
Luton & Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust,
Lewsey Road,
Luton LU4 0DZ

  • ERS
  • Urgent Connect

Patient Information Leaflets

The L&D provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient Acute Paediatric services to the local population.

Paediatric Out- Patient Services
Children are seen in the dedicated Children’s Out-patients run by a team of Children’s Nurses,  Nursery Nurses and Play Therapists. There are dedicated Phlebotomy clinics, Sweat tests and the nursing team provide Epi-pen training for parents and spirometry.

Paediatric In-patient services
The Paediatric Unit has 54 beds including a 5 Bed Paediatric Admissions Unit (PAU) and facilities for High Dependency Care for children. Unit accepts referral for children up to 16 years of age or completion of academic year 11.

All children admitted to the Trust are looked after on the Paediatric Unit.

The beds are divided into three wards, all located on the 4th floor of the Surgical Block:

  • Squirrel Ward (17 beds) for children under two.
  • Rabbit Ward (17 beds) for medical and longer stay surgical patients including isolation facilities for paediatric oncology patients, and a small adolescent unit
  • Hedgehog Ward (15 Beds) a “5 day a week” Paediatric Surgical Unit and Day-Case

Investigation Unit:
When necessary Hedgehog opens overnight to take acute Paediatric admissions.

Clinics

Paediatric Cardiology – Dr Sivakumar and Dr Somisetty

Paediatrics Endocrinology and Diabetes - Dr Nathwani, Dr Misquith and Dr Niranjan

Paediatric Epilepsy and Neurology - Dr Tekki-Rao, Dr Gandhi & Dr Joshi              

Paediatric Gastroenterology & food allergy - Dr. Ashworth, Dr Modi, Dr Ramkumar

Paediatric Allergy- Dr Adler & Dr Ingram (respiratory), Dr Rajkowski (anaphylaxis and general), Dr Ashworth & Dr Modi (gut) Dr. DeSilva (dermatology)

Paediatric Oncology - Dr Toyin Lythe, Dr Nair, Dr Hedges

Paediatrics- Haematology- Dr Toyin Lythe, Dr Nair

Paediatric Infectious Diseases- Dr. Eisenhut

Paediatric Metabolic Diseases- Dr. Eisenhut

Paediatrics  Respiratory & Cystic Fibrosis - Dr. Adler & Dr Ingram

Procedures Provided

We provide both general and specialist paediatric new patient and follow- up clinics including: 

  • Allergy
  • Cardiology
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Dermatology
  • Diabetes
  • Dietetics
  • Endocrinology
  • ENT
  • Epilepsy
  • Gastroenterology & food allergy
  • General Paediatrics
  • Haematology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • HIV
  • Metabolic Diseases
  • Neonatal follow-up
  • Neurodevelopmental follow-up of low birth weight
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Paediatric General Surgery
  • Paediatric Plastic Surgery
  • Paediatric Physiotherapy
  • Renal
  • Respiratory
  • Rheumatology
  • Tuberculosis

The  L&D  Consultant teams  work  in  partnership  with a variety of Tertiary  Centres,  referring  on  for further investigations and advice where necessary. The L&D team are able to provide subspecialty treatment and care management for the majority of paediatric conditions locally. We are also able to provide outreach clinics for some specialities with visiting Tertiary Consultants.

Clinicians - Consultants/Specialist Nurses

  • Dr Beryl Adler 
    Respiratory Lead and Allergy (Divisional Director W&C)    

  • Ext. 7583
  • Dr Anne Ingram 
    Respiratory and Allergy 

  • Ext. 2566
  • Dr Usha Niranjan 
    Endocrine and Diabetes

  • Ext. 8324

 

 
  • Dr Nisha Nathwani
    Endocrine and Diabetes Lead
    (Associate Medical director-DME)

  • Ext. 8173
 
  • Dr Ronnie Misquith
    Endocrine and Diabetes
    (Clinical Director Paediatrics)

  • Ext. 2551
 
  • Dr Beatrice Zinga (Locum) 
    Haematology and Oncology

  • Ext. 2561

  • Dr Tomasz Rajkowski
    Renal and Allergy

  • Ext. 2191

  • Dr Michael Eisenhut
    Infectious Disease and Metabolic Medicine

  • Ext. 2062

  • Dr Toyin Lythe
    Haematology and Oncology Lead

  • Ext. 2770
 
  • Dr Reshmy Nair
    Haematology and Oncology

  • Ext. 2561
 
  • Dr Archana Joshi 
    Neurology and Epilepsy

  • Ext. 2173
 
  • Dr Sreeni Tekki-Rao
    Neurology and Epilepsy Lead

  • Ext. 2568
 
  • Dr Vana Gandhi
    Epilepsy

  • Ext. 8025
 
  • Dr Nisha Ramkumar 
    Gastroenteroogy

  • Ext. 7169
 
  • Dr Meena Ashworth
    Gastroenterology Lead and Allergy (Named doctor safeguarding)

  • Ext. 2558
 
  • Dr Anita Modi
    Gastroenterology and Allergy

  • Ext. 2554
   

Useful numbers/contacts - All staff can be contacted via switchboard

Service Manager:
Harriet Snowdon
Harriet.Snowdon@ldh.nhs.uk

Paediatric Reception: 
01582 497224

Paediatric Matron:
Marva Desir via switchboard ext. 2340

For urgent paediatric patient assessment please contact Paediatric Assessment Unit (PAU) via switchboard 01582 491166.

General Manager:   
Tanith Ellis
Tanith.Ellis@ldh.nhs.uk

Outpatients booking department: 
01582 561385

Switchboard:
01582 491166

Clinical Director:  
Dr Ronald Misquith
Ronald.Misquith@ldh.nhs.uk

The Children's Ward is open for visitors from 08.00-19.30.
We welcome parents on the Unit and have 'fold up beds' for one parent to stay overnight with each child.