Starlight ward

The children's inpatient ward has 15 beds (one of which can be used to care for children requiring one-to-one nursing) as well as a three-bed observation area. There are play facilities, treatments rooms and adolescent facilities. There is a parents' room where refreshments are provided. 

The ward provides around the clock access for urgent GP referrals and children-only outpatient clinics. Many emergency admissions come via our children’s emergency assessment (CEA) unit where children may be observed for a short while, or have necessary investigations done before being either discharged home or admitted to Starlight children’s ward. 

Visiting timesThere is open visiting for parents or primary carers. All other family members are free to visit from 10am to 8pm (unless previously discussed with the nurse-in-charge). Please be considerate and restrict the number of visitors to two at each bedside.

Staying with your child
We encourage parents to stay with their child and can provide a bed. However, because of lack of space, only one parent can stay overnight. Brothers and sisters should not stay overnight, but can visit during the day.

Please attend doctors ward rounds
The morning ward round usually starts at 10am. We appreciate parents being present to ask any questions that they may have. Ward rounds are repeated at intervals and you will have an opportunity to meet the medical team caring for your child. We can only discuss the medical condition of a child with a parent or guardian.

Starlight outpatients

The unit is located on the first floor above the main reception at the entrance of the hospital.

Medical clinics

Allergy Asthma Blood borne virus
CAMHS Cardiology Complex Care
ENT Epilepsy Enuresis
Dermatology Developmental Dietitian
Gastroenterology General paediatrics Immunotherapy
Maxillo-facial dental Neonatal intensive care Ophthalmology
Physiotherapy Rheumatology Surgery
TB Urgent Urology 
UTI Transition from paediatric to adult services
Nurse led clinics 
Dermatology Respiratory liaison Allergy nurse Epilepsy



Phlebotomy (blood test)  

  • 11 and under – should have appointments at Starlight Outpatient’s
  • Children over 12 with learning difficulties and/or learning disability, and autistic children can have appointments at Starlight Outpatient’s

Call 020 8510 5544 to book appointments – Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm

A Blood Form is required.

Should you require a Phlebotomy service a booked appointment system is in place on the following days:

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday    2.10 – 4.30

Friday morning: 9 – 9.45 (fasting blood test); 10 – 10.40 (non-fasting blood test)  

Friday afternoon 2.30 – 4.00

  • 12 years and over should go up to adult Phlebotomy.

ECG Appointment – (Hackney and City Patients only)

Booked appointment only.

Starlight Outpatients ECG form is required.

  • Children up to 15yrs should have appointments at Starlight Outpatient’s

Wednesdays 3.30 – 4.00

We would be grateful if you could ask families to ring Children’s Outpatient Department on 020 8510 5018 or 7425 to arrange an appointment.

  • Children 16 years and over go to adult ECG

Please attend at least 15 minutes before your appointment time. We try hard to minimise delays in clinic, but you should allow up to two hours for your child's appointment. Inevitably, there will be times when delays may occur.

When you come to reception, we will ask you to check that we have your up-to-date address and telephone number(s). We will also ask you to tell us about your child's school and ethnic identity.

Please bring your child's medication and red book with you.

If you change your address, telephone number or GP, please call reception immediately so that we have your new details.

We have a range of advocates that speak a variety of languages. Please telephone reception and let us know in advance if you require a translator.
Advocacy (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)  tel: 020 8510 7179
Turkish line (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)   tel: 020 8510 7583

You may wish to bring an English-speaking member of your family when you attend hospital.