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Children's A&E

Welcome

Children's Accident and Emergency, and short stay unit is an emergency service, as well as being a service for same-day GP referrals. Children may be observed in the Observation Ward for up to four hours.

Children in AE

How to find us

Children's Accident and Emergency is in its own building, set back between the Main Entrance and Maternity Block on Craven Road, next to Adult Accident and Emergency.

The roadway between these two buildings is for ambulances only, but there are drop-off zone spaces on level 1 of the multi-storey car park on Craven Road.

We offer all parents who have a child attending A&E a free parking permit. Please ask the nurse in charge about this.

When you get here

Please allow plenty of time to park and walk to the clinic or ward you are attending. The Main Reception desk will be able to direct you to the department you need.

What do I need to bring?

  • If your child is under five years old, bring their red book with you.
  • Baby feeds, nappies and other essentials.
  • Snacks or drinks, especially if your child has a special diet.
  • Any medication your child is taking.
  • Your child's favourite toy, book or comforter.

Staff details

Matron: Sue Timperley
 

Any other information

Play team

On your child's visit you may meet a member of the Play Team. Our play leaders help your child during their time in hospital through play and distraction. This can be very helpful for reducing anxiety, and soothing when an uncomfortable test may be needed.

Delays

Children's A&E does not have appointment times.  Children are seen in order of priority depending on their condition.

Nearest refreshment points

  • Convenience store (Main Entrance Block)
  • Coffee bar (Main Entrance Block)
  • Restaurant on level 1 (South Block)
  • League of Friends shop and tea bar (Maternity Block)

Useful contacts

Children's A&E and assessment unit
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Craven Road
Reading
RG1 5AN

0118 322 6876

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