Ward 78 – Neurosurgery, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Spinal Surgery & ENT

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Ward 78 is a 32 bed mixed speciality surgical ward. We look after patients who need care from the following teams; Neurosurgeons, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Spinal surgeons and ENT.

Please refer to the Services page to gain further information about the different teams and types of conditions we treat.

Patients coming to Ward 78 have a range of conditions and require different procedures requiring different but appropriate length of stay. Not all patients who are admitted to Ward 78 need to go to theatre. You may be coming for a period of observations, for intense physiotherapy or adjustment of your current treatment.

The nursing team and doctors will aim to provide a warm and friendly environment in which children, their families and staff feel at ease and treat all patients fairly and with dignity and respect at all times. We have produced a Ward Information Leaflet which will be given out on admission. This will give you more information about what to expect during your stay on Ward 78. If you have any questions or concerns, and do not feel you are able to get answers to these, please do not hesitate in asking to speak to the Ward Manager who will support you in getting the information you require

Our Staff


Katie McCall (Navy uniform)

Ward Manager:

Lisa Stephens  (Navy uniform)

Ward Manager Assistant:

Shirley Brookes

Neurosurgery Nurse Specialists

Anita Butler

Sarah Cottom

Advanced Nurse Practitioner Neurosurgery

Emma Lawson

Emma Moran (Trainee)

Matthew Parker (Trainee)

Spinal Nurse Specialists

Pauline Heaton

Clare Holden

Simone Butcher

Tracheostomy Nurse Specialist

Marie Higson

Advanced Nurse Practitioner ENT

Christine English

Orthopaedic Nurse Specialist

Ruth Farrell

Advanced Nurse Practitioner Orthopaedics

Sarah Greenwood

Neurovascular/Acquired Brain Injury Nurse Specialist

Rebecca keeping


Sister/Charge Nurse

Royal blue uniform

Staff Nurse

Pale blue uniform

Nursing Associate

Brown uniform

Clinical Support Worker

Pale green uniform

House Keeper

Purple uniform

Nurse Specialist (Navy uniform)


First Floor

Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Oxford Road


M13 9WL

Contact Details

Telephone: 0161 701 7800

Visiting Times

Parents of patients have unrestricted visiting. All other visitors may visit between 1.00 pm and 5.00pm and again from 6.00 pm until 8.00 pm. The ward operates a policy of protected mealtimes between 12.00 pm and 1.00 pm, and from 5.00 pm to 6.00 pm where all non- essential work stops to allow the children to enjoy their meal in peace and quiet. The main ward lights are also turned off at this time to encourage a quiet environment. Visitors will not be allowed on the ward during these times so please do not be offended if you are asked to leave.

All visitors are required to comply with our infection control policy and use the alcogel on their hands when entering and leaving the ward. We ask that there is maximum of two visitors (not including parents) at the bedside.

Due to infection control restrictions, we cannot accept flowers. We do not allow visitors to bring hot drinks onto the ward unless it is in a flask with a secure lid.


We have a Health Play Specialist and Play Leader linked to Ward 78.  The play team offer a good selection of activities for all patients of varying ages and abilities. Activities include Arts and crafts, games, multi-sensory. DVD players and game consoles. A variety of activities can be carried out in the play room or by the patient’s bed space. Televisions are available at each bed space but are switched off at 9.00 pm.

Our Play Specialist, is also available for distraction, preparation therapy and patient referrals via Health Professionals to email playservices@mft.nhs.uk

Facilities for parents and carers

We can accommodate one parent at the bedside overnight and most bed spaces have a pull down bed for parents. In some cases, accommodation for a second parent can be arranged but this will be away from the ward area. There are allocated parents’ shower rooms and toilets on the ward, along with a parent room where food and hot drinks can be taken. There is a fridge, hot water and toaster for your use. Food items in the ward pantry are for patients only.

Ronald McDonald House operates parents’ accommodation to sleep up to four people in each room. This cannot be booked in advance and is not guaranteed.