STRUCTURE: Inpatient paediatric services at the former Stafford Hospital site have transferred to the nearby Royal Stoke and Wolverhampton hospitals today.

A 28 bed paediatric ward has opened at the Royal Stoke Hospital, run by the University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust.

Stafford Hospital

Inpatient paediatric patients and staff have been transferred from Stafford Hospital

The Cheetham’s Children’s Centre in Stoke now has capacity for 115 patients including 26 intensive care spaces for babies and eight for children.

All consultant led maternity care was moved to the Royal Stoke University Hospital in January followed by gynaecology, acute surgery and trauma.

In addition, children with long term conditions will transfer to the Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals Trust today with outpatient clinics held at Cannock Hospital, which was transferred to the Black Country trust when Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust was dissolved last year.

Staff including consultants, junior doctors, children’s nurses, play specialists, healthcare assistants and administrative staff have also transferred.

Sultan Mahmud, integration programme director at the Royal Wolverhampton, said: “Many months of planning has taken place to ensure the smooth transition of services from [Stafford Hospital] and the children’s directorate is looking forward to welcoming these patients and staff into the service.”