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Children's services

We are the main provider of children’s services for the west Suffolk region. Together with children’s community services, we cater for a population of around 50,000 children. Our main aim is to provide all children and young people with safe and good quality care, ensuring that their stay in hospital is as short as possible.

Services provided

We offer numerous specialities for children including:

  • Accident and emergency
  • Allergies
  • Cancer
  • Cardiology
  • Diabetes
  • Ear, nose and throat
  • Endocrinology
  • General paediatrics
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Neurology
  • Neonatal care
  • Orthopaedics
  • Outpatients
  • Phlebotomy
  • Play service
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology.

The West Suffolk site has a dedicated children’s inpatient ward and Children’s Assessment Unit (CAU) on the Rainbow ward. The Rainbow children’s outpatients service has blood testing facilities. Children’s care is linked to and jointly planned with health, education, social care and external agencies. There are also community nursing teams to provide care for children closer to home.

We have strong connections with other specialist children’s units such as Addenbrooke’s and the Norfolk and Norwich University hospitals.

Contact the team

The lead clinician for children's services at the West Suffolk Hospital is Dr Katherine Piccinelli. 

Rainbow ward reception: 01284 713790

Rainbow ward nurses station: 01284 713315

The integrated community paediatric service: 0300 123 2425



Patient information

Children's patient information leaflets can be found here