Ifor Ward

Ifor Ward

Main Address

  • 4th floor, Great Northern Building
    Whittington Hospital
    Magdala Avenue
  • N19 5NF
  • 020 7288 5442
Ifor ward is the general paediatric ward at The Whittington Hospital. It has 23 beds and we look after approximately 2,000 children per year who have medical and surgical conditions.

From December 2020 we have taken the difficult decision to stop all visitors to patients in adult wards and our emergency department. Visit this page to find out how you can keep in touch with your loved ones.

Where admissions are less than 7 days, we will continue to permit one parent or carer per family to be resident with their child. Where the admission is longer than 7 days we can allow one parent or carer (per family) at any one time. In addition,  a named second parent or carer is able swap out every 7 days.

Further Information

Opening hours
One parent or guardian is welcome at all times and sleeping facilities are provided.
Visitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult and must not be left on the ward unsupervised.

Anyone who has been in contact with an infectious disease, such as chicken pox, should not visit the ward.

Nursing staff
Your child will have an allocated nurse or healthcare assistant at all times, whose name can be found above your child’s bed. Please feel that you can ask your nurse about any queries you may have.

Medical staff
Each patient will also have an allocated consultant, whose name can also be found above your child’s bed. A member of the medical team will see you daily.

Food and drink
Three meals per day are provided for all patients. Please inform your nurse if child has any allergies or special dietary requirements.

Any family member staying overnight will be given a meal voucher.

Ifor ward actively promotes and supports breast feeding mothers, who will be offered a sandwich.

Free fruit and drinks are available on the ward.

Please ensure your child has day and night clothes, and toiletries including a toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, soap and towel. Please also provide nappies.

Things to do
• Playroom with a team of qualified hospital play specialists
• Outdoor play area (weather permitting)
• Books
• Games
• TV and DVDs
• Sensory room
• Classroom (available 9.30am - 3.15pm during term-time)

Privacy and noise
As you and your child may in an open bay privacy and noise can be an issue, so we ask you to please respect others.

Entry and exit to Ifor ward is via a buzzer system to ensure safety on the ward.

8am to 8pm
(with parents permission)
All admissions to Ifor ward are emergency admissions, usually from the emergency department. Admissions can also come from the paediatric outpatient clinic or the paediatric ambulatory care centre.
Last updated17 Jan 2022
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