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The Observatory - E307

About Us

The Observatory is a short stay observation unit that can care for up to eight patients using three cubicles and five bays on the main ward. We try not keep children in hospital any longer than we need to and will constantly reassess every case. If it becomes apparent that your child will need a longer hospital stay they will be transferred to one of the main hospital's inpatient wards.

Philosophy of the ward

Although we do not keep patients on The Observatory for as long as other wards we like to make sure that all the children who visit us receive a high standard of care and have as positive an experience as possible. We allocate nurses to each patient staying on the ward and you will be seen by either someone from our Children's Emergency Department team or one of the hospital's specialist teams.

Parent and Patient Facilities

We will provide snacks and drinks for children staying on the unit as well as meals at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We ask that you make sure your child is okay to eat and is not nil by mouth (for example, if they are waiting for a surgical procedure). 

For parents and carers there is a cafe in the level 2 reception area of the children's hospital. As well as this there are a number of options in the BRI welcome area including Costa, M&S Foodhall, WHSmith and Boots; the BRI also has a restaurant on level 9. You can find a number of other shops and eateries both opposite and a short walk away from the children's hospital.

There is a toilet and shower on the ward and a changing places bathroom on level 5 of the hospital.

Play Facilities

Our hospital play team can visit you at your bedside and we can also provide toys during your stay. Please ask your nurse to arrange this. Each bedspace has a DVD player and you are welcome to bring tablets or laptops from home.

Contact Us

Phone: 01173428339