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Lion and Dolphin Ward


Welcome to Dolphin and Lion Ward, an inpatient children's ward. The ward is situated in Centre Block. If your child is staying overnight, please tell the ward staff if you would like to stay with them.

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How to find us

The best place to park is in the multi storey car park. You can then reach the rest of the hospital from level 2, which is the Main Entrance.  

We offer all parents whose child is admitted to a ward or A&E a free parking permit. Please ask the nurse in charge about this.


Two visitors per patient, for more visitors, please ask the nurse in charge.

Visiting hours are between 12pm and 8pm.

What do I need to bring?

  • 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.
  • If your child is staying overnight, please bring nightwear and daywear for your child, as well as other essentials such as toothbrushes.

Staff details

Matron: Claire Lord
Junior Sister:
 Tracey Coles
A. Gordon, S. Edees, N. Pritchard, P. DeHalpert, N. Mann, R. Kumar, A. Madasseri, C. Holt 

Any other information

Cranbury College Hospital Teaching Service  

Dolphin and Lion wards have a team of fully qualified primary and secondary teachers who teach on the wards, Monday to Friday, during Reading Borough Council term time. We are committed to offering a broad and balanced curriculum for children at all key stages. 

The Hospital Team comprises 2 teachers,  2 Higher Level Teaching Assistants and an administration assistant. Teaching is usually on a 1:1 basis at bedside, though where appropriate children are taught in small groups in the Play Room. We endeavour to provide interactive, engaging and fun activities using up-to-date resources. School work completed in the hospital is proudly displayed on boards around the wards. 

For all pupils with an extended stay of more than three days, effective partnerships are made with their home school to provide continuity in their learning. Teaching is adapted to the patient’s abilities and linked to National Curriculum guidelines. Lesson plans and daily records of progress and attainment are kept for all long stay learners. The records and completed work, are posted to the child’s home school on their discharge. A referral mechanism is in place for children who need home tuition for a period before returning to school. 

The teaching staff can also arrange for children to take public examinations (SATs and GCSEs) whilst in hospital. 

 Ofsted rated us ‘Good’ in February 2018.

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

Dolphin and Lion Ward
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Craven Road
Reading RG1 5AN

0118 322 8013


    Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust,
    London Road,
    RG1 5AN
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