Children’s Services 

Wythenshawe Hospital offers both medical and surgical care for children aged 0 to 16 years at our dedicated Starlight Children’s Unit.  Our services are managed and supported by Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (RMCH).

We offer a child-centred unit providing outpatient, day case, paediatric observation and assessment unit and inpatient care, including a well-equipped two bedded High Dependency Unit. The unit is staffed by highly skilled and specialist paediatric trained staff.

Our philosophy is to provide family centred care appropriate to the needs of children, young people and their families.

We understand that parents are the key to achieving the best physical and mental health and wellbeing outcomes for their children and so our service includes specialist support and facilities for parents.

Children’s Emergency Department

Within the main Emergency Department at Wythenshawe Hospital, there is a dedicated children’s department. It is led by specialist paediatric-trained staff, including consultants in Emergency Medicine and nurses with specialist paediatric training.

The Paediatric Emergency Department has a separate waiting area equipped with a television, books and toys to allow children to wait in a comfortable environment away from the adult Emergency Department. It has five dedicated treatment bays including a fully equipped resuscitation bay, and it is located next to the X-ray department for convenience. Children who require overnight hospital care will be admitted to the Starlight Children’s Unit.

Starlight Children’s Unit

Wythenshawe Hospital’s dedicated children’s unit is a child-friendly environment where young patients come for assessment, medical treatment, surgery and a wide range of outpatient clinics. The unit has play specialists who support children and families during their time with us. Find out more about the Starlight Unit.

Paediatric Outpatient Clinics

The Paediatric Outpatient Department, based within the Starlight Unit, offers a wide range of clinics for children. As well as General Paediatric clinics, our consultants run clinics for medical conditions including: allergies, diabetes, epilepsy, heart murmurs, joint problems, cystic fibrosis, and skin conditions.

Paediatric Physiotherapy

The paediatric physiotherapy department provides a service to both inpatients and outpatients across Wythenshawe Hospital. The team also works closely with community physiotherapy, nursing and other health professional services, children’s hospitals, schools and other services involved in the care of children. Find out more about Paediatric Physiotherapy services.


The Starlight Children’s Unit is in the F Block (Green Zone) of Wythenshawe Hospital at entrance 10 which can be accessed from Southmoor Road (signposted externally).


There is limited parking near the unit and suggest you park near entrance 5 as parents are entitled to reduced rates for  parking from the security office located at entrance 5.


Parents can visit at any time (one parent can stay overnight) other visitors 1pm-8pm. Children in the High Dependency unit should only have parents and carers visiting.

Please limit other visitors to a few close family members and supervise any children who are visiting.


For general enquiries about Wythenshawe Hospital’s Paediatric Services, please contact:

Appointment booking service 0161 291 5109
Starlight Children’s Ward 0161 291 2248
Paediatric Outpatient Department 0161 291 2266
Starlight Children’s Day Unit 0161 291 2738
Patient Advice and Liaison Service 0161 291 5600