What we do

The Children’s Unit provides hospital care for all babies, children and young people from a few days old up to the age of 16 (or older for children with special needs). We have children cared for by a our own paediatricians (children's doctors) plus a variety of medical and surgical specialities including general surgery, urology, ENT, orthopaedics, maxillo facial, children and young people with mental health issues (ELCAS).

The Childen's Unit is split into two areas:

  • A side/HDU is a 13 bed ward plus 3 HDU beds. 
  • B/C side comprising of two 18/20 bed wards.  

There is a dedicated play team for the children consisting of hospital play specialists and nursery nurses, and for older children we have an education service where children can attend school on the ward and our School teacher will liaise with their schools to ensure their education is continued.

Breakfast is served between 8am and 9am on an individual basis and for any early birds or late risers we can cater for them too.  Lunch of soup and sandwiches is served around 12 noon and a hot meal with wide choice being served around 5pm. Trolleys with juice are available around the ward and we will endeavour to do our best to meet any dietary requirements.

How to access the service

Children are admitted to the Unit via the specialist departments if they are to undergo scheduled procedures or via the Childrens Observation and Assessment Unit or Childrens Minor Illness or Urgent Care departments. 

Where to find us

We are located on Level 2, Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital

Ward Manager

Manager - Angela Newby

Key Staff

Matron - Mandy Chillingworth

General Enquiries

A side  01254 732839

B side  01254 732765

C side  01254 735900

Visiting times

We have a policy of open visiting for parents and carers (24/7) and from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm for all other visitors (3 visitors at a time as per hospital policy). If you have any questions about visiting please contact the ward manager​​​​​​ or senior nurse on shift.

Security Policy

The Unit is accessed by speaking to staff via the intercom system at the main door.  It is helpful to know which side of the ward you are visiting A, B or C.  Please be patient, if the nurses don't immediately answer the buzzer, they may be busy caring for children.


Please note that no photography is permitted on the Children's Unit at any time other than when coordinated and regulated by Trust staff.