Our staff values families as central to children's health.

Pediatric/Adolescent Center

Elliot Hospital treats more pediatric patients than any other non-teaching hospital in Northern New England, and is the only Pediatric/Adolescent Center in Greater Manchester.

Our staff provides exceptional care to children and families through a network of inpatient, outpatient, and community programs, and continually strives for excellence. A child’s well-being is dependent upon the understanding and participation of the family those who surround, love, care for, and have primary responsibility. Our staff values families as central to children’s health, and are committed to supporting them in this vital role.

The Pediatric/Adolescent Center at Elliot Hospital has a 17 bed capacity. We care for ill and injured children year round, with an average of 925 patients per year. Whimsical paintings and colorful decorations help make the unit more inviting for children and their families.

Learn more below about Families, Play and see our Patient Rooms.

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FAMILY… a vital part of a child’s health, well being, and piece of mind. Having a child hospitalized can be very stressful; we encourage a parent to room in and for family and friends to visit (if appropriate and during visiting hours). For safety, other children/siblings Visiting must be supervised by an adult at all times.

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PLAY… we have a playroom full of toys, games, books, puzzles and other activities for all ages. Toys can be taken to your child’s room. Play is a good way for children to deal with the stressors of being in the hospital and is an important part of development. Reading can also be very comforting and help pass the time for our young patients. VCR’s, videos, and video games, may be available as well.

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PATIENT ROOMS… many of our rooms are private and all are equipped as appropriate to accommodate our wide range of patients’ ages and sizes and needs. Each room has a bed and/or crib as needed. We have special rooms for monitoring and safety as needed. We have high chairs, baby swings, infant seats, strollers, and baby bathtubs to help make things easier when caring for the little ones.

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Mission Statement

We are a diverse team of dedicated, respectful, health care professionals working together in a spirit of cooperation to provide accessible, quality, family-centered care for the community. We create a safe, physical, social, and spiritual environment that enhances the care, growth, and development of children, adolescents and their families. As an advocate, we act as a resource and role model, guiding and directing to achieve and maintain wellness.

 

Vision Statement  

We are a state of the art Pediatric facility with innovative inpatient and outpatient services centered on wellness. Our highly educated, compassionate, interdisciplinary, professional staff is a strong resource to this community. Together we offer age-specific physical, emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual caring for our patients and their families. We continually strive toward excellence.

We influence other departments like the emergency department and post-anesthesia care unit and share our expertise whenever we can. Our pediatric nurses and family values help make the entire hospital kid-friendly.

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The Nursing Staff

The Nursing staff on the pediatric unit strives for quality nursing care with a family centered focus to give your child the best care possible. The team currently consists of 25 Registered Nurses with a combined total of over 500 years of experience! All of the RN’s are certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), nearly half have specialty pediatric certification, and all are dedicated to educating themselves routinely to new advances in nursing practice. All of the RN’s also have special areas of interest or expertise to bring to the unit, such as diabetes, wound care, seizures, pain management, sickle-cell disease, emergency, asthma, immunizations, and autism as well as many other areas. We also are active in fostering future nurses that attend local colleges and technical schools, hosting clinical rotations, shadowing, and mentoring.

   

 

Our Interdisciplinary Team
Our interdisciplinary team of health care professionals also includes social workers, physical/occupational/speech therapists, phlebotomists, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, environmental services, and pastoral care to provide family-centered care to children and families.

 

Nadine, Chan, & Liz
(Case Management & Pastoral Care)
Jamie, Susan, Fred
(Respiratory Therapists)


Outpatient Tests/ Procedures

Our unit prepares, monitors, and cares for children before, during, and after tests or procedures that are performed by or assisted by appropriate diagnostic departments. These are some of the tests and procedures we can accommodate, all tests require a physician’s order:

 

We encourage you & your child to come visit a few days before your child’s procedure. This pre-visit takes approximately 45 minutes, and is free of charge. The visit will include the following:

VCUG CT SCAN EEG NUCLEAR SCANS
ECHO ENDOSCOPY
/BRONCHOSCOPY
CLEAN-OUT MRI

• Pre-registration if prior to 6:00 PM

• One-on-one interview with a Pediatric Nurse history and current illness

• Review of procedure and instructions

• Visit to the Pediatric Unit

• Obtain the child’s weight, medical

• Question and answer time

• Visit the procedure room, if possible  

If this is a repeat procedure or you are unable to attend a pre-visit, a phone interview is recommended and necessary to review instructions and update current medical history. The Pediatric pre-visit nurse will obtain the information needed and review your child’s medical history and history of current illness. This would also be an appropriate time for your questions and answers. The call takes approximately 15 minutes and is free of charge.

Book a pre-visit or phone interview:
Central Booking (603) 663-2180
Mon-Fri 9AM-4PM
Pre-register by phone:
Pre-registration (603) 663-5663
Mon-Fri 7AM-6PM

 

 

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Other Services

Synagis

Synagis is an injection given to premature high risk infants to reduce chance of contracting an infection of Respiratory Synctial Virus (RSV). A Synagis Clinic is held in our department, annually from approximately October through April or May.
*contact Ingrid in Pediatrics for questions/comments (603) 663-3381

 

Community

Nurses from the Pediatric Unit are involved with various community projects…

• Hospital Goes to School

• Bikers for Babies

• Kindergarten Tours

• Girl Scout Caroling

• March of Dimes - Walk America

• Ground Hog Shadow day

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