Children's ambulatory

About

The children's ambulatory unit and children's outpatients unit at Hammersmith Hospital sees babies and children up to their 16th birthday.

Our service aims to try to avoid unnecessary hospital admission for children whenever possible by observing children throughout the day on the unit when needed. Most of the children are then able to go home at the end of the day.

Children can be referred by their GP, health visitor or midwife, or they can attend without an appointment. Children who attend without an appointment might see our GP.

As we do not have a children's inpatient ward at Hammersmith, children who need an overnight admission are transferred to St Mary's Hospital.

Conditions we treat

Babies:

  • feeding problems
  • weight loss or concerns about weight gain
  • jaundice
  • vomiting
  • constipation
  • diarrhoea
  • blood in stools
  • rashes
  • mild infections
  • umbilical conditions
  • clicky hips
  • concerns about head shape

Children:

  • asthma
  • persistent cough
  • vomiting and diarrhoea
  • rashes and other skin complaints
  • abdominal pain
  • minor injuries
  • concerns about growth
  • concerns about walking
  • headaches
  • ear infections
  • sore throat
  • enlarged lymph glands
  • urine infections

Education and elective placements

Elective placements can be requested through the imperial.electives@nhs.net team. We are only able to accept one elective student each summer.

The ambulatory unit provides a supportive environment for health professionals wishing to refresh their skills in common paediatric problems. We have hosted GP registrars, for example, who have not worked in paediatric settings before and who wish to do so before entering the general practice part of their training.

Please contact the unit on 020 3313 4729 to discuss further if you would like to join us.


Contact

Outpatients appointments
020 3313 4727
General Enquiries
020 3313 4720