Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital is one of the few hospitals in London to provide a paediatric gastroenterology service.

Our multidisciplinary team has specialist knowledge in the care of children with gastrointestinal disorders including problems in very low birth weight neonates, intestinal failure, motility disorders and chronic inflammatory bowel disease.

We carry out a range of procedures including:

  • Endoscopic/laparoscopic procedures including endoscopy and colonoscopy
  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Oesophageal dilation
  • Oesophageal stent insertion
  • Gastrostomy
  • Antegrade colonic enema (ACE)

Consultants and key staff

  • Dr Jenny Epstein, Consultant
  • Dr John Fell, Consultant
  • Dr Warren Hyer, Consultant
  • Grant Mallon, Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Jackie Falconer, Dietician

Children’s Wards

  • Neptune Ward
  • Mercury Ward
  • Jupiter Ward (Adolescent Unit)
  • Saturn Ward (Paediatric Day Care)
  • High Dependency Unit
  • Paediatric Ambulatory Care Clinic (PACC)
  • Paediatric Burns Unit

Neptune Ward

Neptune Ward is one of four wards in the paediatric unit. It currently has 20 beds, which comprises 15 beds and 5 cubicles. Neptune ward cares for babies and children with a wide range of conditions including specialities such as neurology, dermatology, orthopaedic and other medical and surgical conditions. We are also a ‘Shared Care Centre’ for children diagnosed with any Oncology diseases working closely with primary care centres such as Great Ormond Street and University college Hospital London.

Mercury Ward

Mercury ward is a 16 bedded gastroenterology and surgical ward comprising of 13 beds and 3 cubicles. We care for many long term patients on Mercury with complex needs. We take admissions from all the different specialities including orthopaedics, plastics and ENT. We have the facilities for one  parent to stay with their child next to their bedside to avoid separation anxiety. We are situated on the 4th Floor, Lift Bank B.

Jupiter Ward (Adolescent Unit)

Jupiter Ward is a unique adolescent unit. We care for young people aged 11–16 (including emergency and elective admissions) and are one of the few such facilities to do this. Nursing staff don’t wear traditional hospital uniforms, although all are identified with name badges. We have a chill out room for young people to use and make friends, watch a movie or play computer games. We have separate sleeping areas for boys and girls.

All of our staff are passionate about providing the best possible care for young people and are experienced in looking after this age group. We care for patients with medical or surgical needs but we also encompass many other sub-specialties such as mental health, orthopaedics, gastroenterology, oncology, neurology, dermatology, plastic surgery, ear, nose and throat (ENT), and craniofacial.

The ward tries to foster independence with young people, and for that reason we do not encourage parents to be resident overnight. We have close links with the hospital school as well as local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and various other support agencies and departments within the hospital to help young people reach their full potential and transition into adult life. We are situated on the 4th Floor, Lift Bank C.

Saturn Ward (Paediatric Day Care)

Saturn is our Paediatric day care ward, capable of taking patients from Newborn to 16 years of age. We specifically aim to offer an environment and staff that are dedicated in providing paediatric surgical care to our patients. We see general paediatric surgical patients and those requiring invasive procedures under Orthopaedics, Plastics, Dental, Gastroenterology and ENT specialities. The ward is supported by an excellent team of Doctors, Nurses, Play specialists, Support Workers and Domestic staff and the team endeavour to ensure the admission is as of the highest quality.