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PaediatricsThe Paediatric department (Children's ward) provides inpatient and outpatient treatment of medical and surgical conditions, in children from birth up to the seventeenth birthday.

The Children's ward deals with medical conditions and also provides facilities for many surgical specialties. The majority of children needing surgery can be treated in Hereford, however surgery in young children (generally under two years of age) and specialist surgery is referred to a specialist Children’s hospital, usually Birmingham.

Both the medical and surgical specialties at The County Hospital have good links with Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Several Consultants from Birmingham also run clinics in Hereford which saves the family travelling to Birmingham, and gives us the chance to meet the colleagues who treat our patients and discuss any important issues.

The Paediatric Outpatient department carries out general clinics and specialist clinics for various conditions such as diabetes, respiratory medicine and epilepsy. The Paediatricians also hold clinics in some of the market towns including Llandrindod, Ledbury and Ross.

For the more specialist treatments, some children are referred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Outline of the Department

There are 16 inpatient beds.  We offer specific paediatric nurse trained care along with a dietician, physiotherapist and play specialist. We have specific adolescent facilities including a pool table, computers and Game Boys, along with an arts and therapy room for smaller children.

Links with other Departments

Because the Children's Ward deals with a wide range of conditions, we have links with most other departments, particularly Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), Theatres, A&E, Eign Suite and Birmingham Children's Hospital. We carry out outpatient services on site for some specialties i.e. Rheumatology, Cardiac Care, and Genetics.

We also work closely with the Community Child Health Department and Community Children's Nurses.

Young ambassadors help to improve hospital services

A group of primarily school aged children from Herefordshire have been invited to voice their views to help improve hospital services for young people in the county.  To find out more or if you would like to become an ambassador click here.

Other Information

We currently have 12 hospital-based Consultant Paediatricians and offer general and specialist paediatric clinics in hospital and general outreach clinics in Herefordshire and in Wales. These specialist services are listed against the Consultants in the contacts. The Community Paediatric team is based in the Child Development Centre (CDC) and delivers community outreach clinics within the county, and works with our paediatric physiotherapy and occupational therapy teams based at the Benet Building, Belmont.

Childrens Ward Mural

Click here to view the magical wonderland mural on the children's ward

Tour of children’s ward

We appreciate that coming into hospital can be a difficult time for children and their families. The video below is aimed at preparing children for their visit to our hospital. We hope that they will have a better idea of what to expect when visiting or attending our children’s ward. And the film stars some of our lovely patients: Alesha, Imogen, Chloe and Misha. The film was produced by Hereford College Students Ben Harrison, Alex Wilson, George Weston, and Tom Pullen.

Contact Details

Ward Sister
Jessica Duncalfe

Fiona Blackwell

Children’s Ward
(01432) 364163* 

Children’s Outpatients
(01432) 372946 


Dr Lesley Peers
General Paediatrics, Safeguarding
(01432) 364223 

Dr Manju Sanjeevaiah
General Paediatrics, Respiratory, allergy
(01432) 364226 

Dr Cathy Seagrave
General Paediatrics, Neonatalogy
(01432) 364123 

Dr Hemanth Balehithlu
General Paediatrics, Diabetes, Adolescence & Transition
(01432) 364121 

Dr Michelle Slater
General Paediatrics, Respiratory, Allergy, College Tutor
(01432) 364468 

Dr Iain Darwood 
Allergy, Respiratory and General Paediatrics
(01432) 364226 

Dr Shambhu Shah
General paediatrics, Neurodisability, Epilepsy
(01432) 364123 

Dr Simon Meyrick
Haematology and Oncology 
(01432) 364145 

Dr Pavel Krtil
General Paediatrics
(01432) 364223

Dr Jayne Clarke
(01432) 364242 

Dr Julie Vickers
General paediatrics, Rheumatology and Adolescent Medicine
(01432) 364468 

Dr Shital Malik
General paediatrics, Diabetes, Growth and Endocrinology
(01432) 364121


* Please note there can be a delay at times due to nursing staff working with patients.

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