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Dolphin Ward

Dolphin Ward is an acute general paediatric ward looking after children in both the west Essex and Hertfordshire areas.

A majority of children are admitted via our Paediatric Emergency Department. We care for children who have a wide range of medical, surgical and orthopaedic conditions. We are a Level 1 Paediatric Oncology Shared care unit working closely with GOSH, UCLH and Addenbrookes. 

Please do not visit Dolphin Ward if you have been unwell with any diarrhoea, vomiting or flu like symptoms in the last 72 hours, this is to protect the children on Dolphin Ward from unnecessary contact with infection.


Dolphin Ward is located on the second floor in the main building of PAH, B46.

If you enter the hospital through the main entrance, turn left and walk along the corridor towards the main lifts. Take the lift to the second floor. On exiting the lift, turn left and follow the corridor round to Dolphin Ward.

Number of beds

16 inpatient beds and four ambulatory beds

Visiting hours

Visiting times are 2.30pm to 7.30pm for extended family and friends, please do keep to these times to allow the children to get rest whilst they are getting better.

Parents can be with their child at all times. We can only accommodate one parent/carer to stay at night with their child.


Breakfast is served between 7.30am to 8am

Lunch is served between 12pm and 1pm

Dinner is served between 5pm to 6pm

On this ward we like?

Team working, to make your child's stay the best experience it can possibly be. To look after you and your child as we would our own families

On this ward we learn?

By sharing with each other knowledge gained from attending training sessions and receiving feedback from children and their families to help us continually improve our service by listening to your suggestions. 


01279 827173

Key members of staff

Ward Manager, Helen Weaving

High Dependency Facilitators, Katie Saffer and Katie Ayers

Practice Development Nurse, Kathryn Farrow

Paediatric Oncology Nurse Specialist, Lucy Simons

Paediatric Diabetes Team: Mandy Stevenson, Clare Morris, Emma Rogers

Paediatric Allergy Nurse Specialist, Kelly Parker

Play Team: Rachel Naunton and Lisa Wastell

Ward Administrator, Alison Fiske

Ward Clerk, Julie Bond

Matron, Vikki Stone

Head of Nursing, Fiona Lodge

Clinical Service Group Lead, Dr Fiona Hikmet

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