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​Kingfisher Children's Ward

Kingfisher Ward is Dorset County Hospital’s ward for children.

We have a philosophy of family–centered care in which we see each child as an individual as well as being part of a family. We aim to provide high standards of nursing care in partnership with parents. Kingfisher Ward offers a friendly, safe and welcoming environment where young patients can relax and where they are able to trust their nurse.

We recognise that play and education are essential to meet a child’s development needs. Our playroom has toys, books and games for all ages as well as a TV and video, and our playleader is here from Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.

A teenagers’ sitting room with a TV, video and computer games, books and magazines is available for older children. There is a schoolroom on the ward where the local education authority offers education to all school–aged children who stay in hospital for more than 24 hours, or who have repeated admissions.


We encourage parents to stay with their child and there are no restrictions on visiting times. There are parents’ rooms where you can sleep, and showers are available. There are also reclining chairs and folding beds so that you can sleep beside your child.

Ward direct line: 01305 254253