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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, King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS

Contact Details

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

GPs should refer via NHS e-referral (e-RS) wherever possible.

Other ways to refer

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

Emergency Referrals

Children with suspected cancer should be referred via the urgent suspected cancer referral pathway.

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, to arrange an urgent appointment call: 020 3299 4391.

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

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

Key Clinical Staff

Name Role
Miss Ana Dias Clinical Nurse Specialist
Mrs Jo Reilly Paediatric Oncology Nurse Specialist
Miss Kat Watts Paediatric Oncology Nurse Specialist