Paediatric oncology

What we do

The Paediatric Oncology Shared Care Unit (POSCU) is a multidisciplinary team of doctors, Macmillan paediatric oncology clinical nurse specialists, paediatric pharmacists and therapists providing chemotherapy and supportive care for children in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham who are being treated for cancer or leukaemia (blood cancer).

Care includes blood transfusions, symptom control, and urgent assessment and treatment for complications such as infections. Children receiving oncology treatment have open access to Toni & Guy Ward if they are unwell at home and have planned outpatient chemotherapy in the Philip Isaac's Ward Day Unit or in Children's outpatients. The team also sees children with possible leukaemia or other cancers who are referred urgently for investigation.

We work closely with the children's oncology departments at the Royal Marsden, Great Ormond Street and University College Hospital cancer centres, and the local Community Children's Nursing Team. We also work with the Teenage and Young Adult cancer service providing care and support for young people aged 16 or over.

Location

Third floor, Cheyne Wing, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS

Contact Details

  • Children's Outpatients: +44 (0)20 3299 3049
  • Macmillan Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialists: +44 (0)20 3299 4391
  • Paediatric oncology secretary: +44 (0)20 3299 3773
  • Philip Isaacs Ward (daycare): +44 (0)20 3299 4200
  • Toni & Guy Ward (inpatients): +44 (0)20 3299 4401

Conditions we treat

We provide shared care for children having treatment for cancer - either solid tumours or leukaemia.

What is required before referring a patient

A GP or consultant referral is necessary.

Booking a patient at King's

Routine Referrals

Children who have been diagnosed with cancer are referred by the Royal Marsden, Great Ormond Street or University College hospitals for shared care at King's.
Tel 020 3299 4391
Fax 020 3299 4068

Children with suspected malignancy should be referred urgently (see below).

Emergency Referrals

All children with suspected malignancy should be referred urgently using the Children with suspected cancer referral form.

To arrange an urgent appointment during normal working hours, 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday, contact the team on:
Tel 020 3299 4391
Fax 020 3299 4068

Outside these times, or if a child is unwell and needs to be seen the same day, contact the on-call Paediatric SpR via King's main switchboard on 020 3299 9000.

Other Queries

To discuss referrals, contact the team on:
Tel 020 3299 4391
Fax 020 3299 4068

For other queries, contact the Macmillan Paediatric Oncology CNS:
Tel 020 3299 4391.

Key Clinical Staff

Name Job Title
Mrs Jo Reilly Paediatric Oncology Nurse Specialist
Miss Kat Watts Paediatric Oncology Nurse Specialist