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The Family Support Service aims to offer practical and emotional support to families whose children are patients at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

A child’s illness and admission to hospital will often place great strain on families as they struggle to deal with their fears, anxieties and the actual practicalities of keeping family life together. By focusing on the needs of each individual family that comes into contact with us, we hope to offer a service that is accessible and is responsive to the changing situations that families experience.

Sadly, some children do not recover and we are here to provide an invaluable empathetic service to families at a time of extreme distress and sadness. We offer specialist advice around post mortems, retention of tissues, the role of the coroner, help plan funerals and support families as they try to deal with all the practical and emotional aspects of their child’s death, both in the immediate situation and in the days and weeks to come.

How to contact us:

Please feel free to call in to the Family Support Centre on the Ground Floor, opposite the X-Ray Department, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. You can also ask a member of staff to contact us on your behalf or you can telephone (0161) 701 8700.

We are based at:
Family Support Centre
Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
Oxford Road
M13 9WL

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The Centre is open:

Monday to Friday 9.00 am – 4.30 pm

An answer machine is available so that you can leave a message.  Please leave your name and telephone number and your call will be returned as soon as possible.