Paediatric High Dependency Unit
The High Dependency Unit provides specialist care for children
requiring more observation, intervention or monitoring than can be
safely provided on the general wards: it acts as a 'step up' from
the wards and a 'step down' from our Paediatric Intensive Care
Details of our team are available on our photo boards, which are
located in the corridor. Also see our PHDU staff uniform colours
The family advice and support team are here to offer support to
you and your family during this very stressful and anxious time.
They offer advice and support regarding financial worries,
accommodation and other hospital facilities. Family advice and
support team visit the unit Monday to Friday. They have an office
on the ground floor if you wish to visit them..
Making it Easier
While your child is on PHDU we want you to be able to continue
to look after your child as much as possible and as much as you
feel able. For example we will help you to change nappies,
wash your child and help you be as much involved in care as
possible. You may wish to bring your child's favourite toy or
blanket. There are breast feeding facilities available.
Bottles and a breast pump are available for you to use. The milk
can then be frozen until required. Labels will be provided to write
on your baby's name, date of birth and the date. Please ask your
child's nurse for further information. Breast feeding mums are
entitled to free meals whilst they are resident with their baby.
Please ask a member of staff for a voucher to use in the
When visiting your child, please ring the bell at the entrance
to the Critical Care Area and then to access the PHDU and wait for
a member of staff to attend to ensure that it is safe for you to
enter. Many different procedures and interventions are carried out
in PICU at all times of the day including X-rays and new children
being admitted. Controlled access is for your safety, the safety of
the children and to maintain privacy and dignity.
PHDU has an open visiting policy for parents only. This means
that parents can visit their child at any time. In order to aid
rest for the children on the unit, we ask that
only parents/guardians visit after 8.00 pm unless
discussed in advance with the nurse in charge.
If siblings and other family members are visiting, only
two people at any one time should be at the bed
space. This is to ensure easy access to your child in an
emergency. An adult must accompany all children under 16
years of age at all times. We recommend that babies are not
brought onto PHDU as they may be susceptible to infection.
However, we recognise that a hospital admission is a stressful time
for all the family and we aim to support all families in the most
appropriate way. Please do not hesitate to speak to your
child's nurse or the nurse in charge if you have any special
requirements or needs.
PHDU has shared accommodation facilities with the
Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Accommodation for
up to two parents/guardians for the duration of your child's stay
in Critical Care may be arranged in the accommodation by the family
care workers or the nursing staff. Other family members and friends
are prohibited from entering the parent's accommodation, this helps
to provide a quiet area and privacy for all families. Unfortunately
sleeping facilities cannot be provided at your child's bedside, as
this could hinder access to your child in an emergency.
Please try to make sure that you and your family take regular
breaks and get some much needed rest away from the unit. This
will help you support your child and each other.Be assured that you
will be contacted during the day or night if needed or requested
for by your child.
Washing facilities are available.You will need to bring with you
your own toiletries.You will need to bring in your own tea and
coffee as there is only a limited supply. Cooking facilities
(microwave) is available in the accommodation. No eating
at the bedside is permitted.
Identification and Security
All our members of staff wear an identity badge at all times. If
someone not wearing an identity badge approaches you or your child
at any time, please check with the staff.
There is always a security team on duty within the hospital.
They are here to protect all staff, patients and visitors to the
hospital. If you see anything that looks out of the ordinary or any
suspicious activity, please ask a member of staff to contact
The entrance to Critical Care Area (PICU, PHDU and the
Burns Service) is via locked doors off the main hospital corridor
to the Critical Care corridor then via another set of locked doors
to the PHCU. Both sets of doors are locked 24 hours a
You must ring the bell at the entrance to access the PHDU and
wait for a member of staff to respond to ensure it is safe for you
to enter. We do ask that you do not let other visitors in.
The lock is there for security reasons to protect the children,
their families and all staff.
Play and stimulation is a very important part of any child's
recovery process. The team on intensive care encourage play and
will do our best to integrate play and stimulation where
appropriate. A qualified Play Specialist works within the Critical
Care area from Monday to Thursday.
Information on car parking and our restaurants and shops can be
obtained by visiting our 'Plan Your Visit'
There are Multi Faith prayer rooms available, one on the ground
floor and one on the first floor. There is also a Multi Faith
Centre in Manchester Royal Infirmary. Further information can
be obtained by visiting our
'Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care' webpage.
Families and patients are allowed to use mobile phones. However,
if making or taking calls (unless the patient is also talking) the
family should use the phone away from the clinical area. This is to
reduce unnecessary noise in what can be a noisy environment.
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
Tel: 0161 701 8200