The Brompton Fountain supports the treatment and care of children and young people (from birth to 25 years) who attend the Royal Brompton and/or Harefield hospitals. Our charity works closely with the hospital teams and provides a wide range of vital resources and services as well as funding medical equipment and improvements to the hospital facilities.
The thought of visiting or staying in hospital can be daunting, even if you have been in hospital before. Download our Procedure Support Documents if you want to know more about a procedure:
Attending an Outpatient Appointment Having an outpatient appointment means you are receiving care without staying overnight. A visit to a healthcare setting as an outpatient may include undergoing tests, having a medication or treatment and/or meeting with a health professional.
Appointments are your opportunity to discuss your questions and any concerns with a health professional. They can be in person, virtual or via a telephone call.
Make the most of your appointment with the following tips:
Sometimes outpatient appointments run late and although the professional you are due to see will be doing everything they can to keep to your appointment slot, sometimes unavoidable delays arise.
Staying in hospital There are many reasons why you may need to stay in hospital:
In the days before your hospital admission take the time to:
Suggested packing list Please note that the Trust and Charity cannot be responsible for any items brought in
What happens when you arrive? When you arrive you will be shown to your bedspace and will get to the meet the nurse looking after you. Your nurse will be able to let you know where the bathroom is and tell you whether you are able to move around the ward independently. Some young people may have a separate room called a cubical, while others may share a larger room (bay) with curtains around their bed.
How can a hospital stay be made more comfortable? The health professionals who care for you understand that it can take a bit of time to get used to being in hospital. Changes such as having a different routine, less privacy and possibly missing out on day to day life, like social events, are often reported by young people as being some of the biggest challenges whilst being an inpatient.
Tips Here are some tips about how to improve your inpatient hospital stay:
This section is for children and young people up 16/18 years
The Royal Brompton Hospital has two inpatient wards, Rose Ward and Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). There are no wards for children and young people under the age of 16/18 at Harefield Hospital.
Rose Ward has 35 beds for children and young people up to the age of 16/18 years who need respiratory (breathing) and/or cardiac (heart) treatment or surgery. The Bays are called Mountain, Sunrise, Ocean and Meadow and cubicle areas are called Beach and Forest. There is a Daycase and Sleep Study Unit on the ward too.
The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit looks after children and young people who need one to one nursing care and/or the use of medical equipment to help them breathe, for example. Children and young people may also stay on the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) if they have had emergency or planned heart or lung surgery.
The Children’s Outpatient Department at the Royal Brompton is specially designed for children, young people and their families to attend appointments with their medical teams and undergo any routine tests or procedures.
Play Team and Playroom A member of the Play Team will aim to visit all children and young people on Rose Ward and Peadiatric Intensive Care every day. There is a playroom on Rose Ward that can be used by both Rose Ward and Paediatric Intensive Care patients, following a discussion with a member of the Play Team and the nurse overseeing that individual’s care. If it is safer for you to stay at your bedspace, the Play Team can bring activities to you and organise individual sessions there. The Play Team also offers preparation, support, distraction and post procedural input to children and young people who are undergoing medical interventions. Information and reassurance is offered using a range of resources, which are tailored to meet the individual’s needs.
School We have an onsite school at the Royal Brompton site that offers education to those in primary and secondary school, as well as those in sixth form. Sessions run from 10am to 12pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm. The teachers will work closely with the school you attend (when you are not in hospital), so you can complete similar tasks and projects as your friends. The school is also registered as an examination centre, if you need to take an exam while you are an inpatient.
Approximate meal times
Breakfast is served between 8.30-9.30am
Lunch is served between 12.15-1.30pm
Dinner is served between 5.00-6.00pm
This section is for young people receiving care in adult services At the Royal Brompton Hospital there are the following wards:
Adult intensive care (AICU) unit is located on Level 3, Sydney wing. This unit has 18 beds and takes patients following cardiac and major thoracic surgery. This is a mixed unit and you may share a bay with other females and males or you may have a side room. The Adult Intensive Care Unit looks after adults who need one to one nursing care and/or the use of medical equipment to help them breathe, for example.
Foulis ward is located in Fulham wing, on the Fulham Road. Foulis ward cares for patients with a wide variety of lung conditions including those with cystic fibrosis. This ward is made up with 29 single rooms which all have a fridge, television and bathroom attached.
Victoria ward which can be found on level 2 Fulham Wing, on the Fulham Road treats and cares for patients with acute and chronic respiratory conditions. Within the ward there are 25 beds including three sleep study rooms and five high dependency beds. The bays are split into either female or male, but the high dependency area is mixed.
The Elizabeth Intensive Care & High Dependency Unit (EICU/HDU) found on level 5 of the Sidney Wing, cares for adults who have a serious illness and/or have had a major surgical or medical procedure. There are six intensive care beds and 12 high dependency beds and you may be cared for alongside other females or males.
Paul Wood Ward, on level 5, Sidney Wing, cares for patients requiring investigations and treatment for a wide range of cardiac related health conditions. There are 21 beds in bays which are split either male or female. There is also a Daycase unit within the ward.
Princess Alexandra ward, on level 5, Sidney Wing is a 35 bedded ward caring for patients who have had cardiac and thoracic (lung) surgery. Patients who have needed intensive or high dependency care may come to this ward once the level of care they need reduces.
York ward, on level 5, Sidney Wing cares for patients who need investigations, procedures and treatment for cardiac problems. There are 34 beds on this ward and bays are either female or male.
At Harefield Hospital there are the following wards:
Acorn and Oak Wards provide acute cardiac care to those undergoing investigations and treatment. There are 50 beds (18 Acorn and 32 Oak), some side rooms and the rest bays. Both wards are on the ground floor.
Cedar and Maple Wards provide care for patients requiring heart or lung surgery. The adult surgical unit (ASU) has 25 beds on Cedar Ward (second floor) and 15 in Maple Ward (ground floor). Bays are either female or male and there are a few side rooms.
Cherry Tree Day Unit is a 16 bed unit caring for patients who are expected to go home the same day following their treatment or procedure. Cherry Tree Unit is situated on the first floor.
The High Dependency Unit (HDU) on the ground floor, is a 10 bed unit for those who need closer observation and monitoring following either heart or lung surgery.
The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on the ground floor is a 31 bedded unit which cares for very unwell cardiac or respiratory patients. The Intensive Care Unit looks after adults who need one to one nursing care and/or the use of medical equipment to help them breathe, for example.
Rowan and Fir Tree Wards care for patients undergoing transplant assessments and those post transplant. Rowan ward on the ground floor has 17 beds and Fir Tree on the first floor has 16 beds.
Carers We advise that you contact the ward directly if you have any questions in regards to having a carer support your stay in hospital.
Weekends During the weekends and over bank holidays you may notice the ward or unit become quieter; this is because there is often a reduction in the amount of medical professionals working. There will still be doctors and therapists for example on call, but there may not be a ward round or any planned sessions with your physiotherapy or occupational therapy teams. Talk to your assigned nurse if you have any questions about this.
Approximate meal times at both the Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals
Breakfast is served between 7.45-8.00am
Lunch is served between 12.30-1.00pm
Dinner is served between 6.00- 6.30pm
Passing the time Time can feel like it is going slowly when you are in hospital. Here are some tips to keep busy when you cannot safely leave your bed space:
Here are some tips to keep you busy when you cannot safely leave the hospital, but can leave the ward (please always check with your medical team before leaving the ward):
Check out the on site restaurants/snack bars Opening times may differ to stated times due to unforeseen circumstances
At the Royal Brompton Sydney wing, basement
At the Fulham wing, Outpatients Department, Dovehouse Street entrance
At Harefield Hospital, the Hungry Hare
Friends of Harefield Hospital Pavillion
Here are some ideas to keep you busy when it is safe to leave the hospital grounds Please always check with your medical team before leaving the hospital.
Local shops/ attractions/ outside spaces close to the Royal Brompton:
Local shops/ attractions/ outside spaces close to Harefield Hospital: