Liver Unit

0121 333 9065

Additional contact number:
0121 333 9066

The Liver Unit provides highly specialised treatment for children with liver disease.

The Unit takes children from all over the UK, both as inpatients and outpatients. Children on the Unit can have problems with their kidneys and small bowels (intestines) as well as the liver itself.

The treatment found on the Unit includes liver transplant surgery, special feeding (nutrition) for children with liver disease, and supporting their families. The doctors who work on the Unit can specialise in treating liver disease, bowel disease or nutrition. There are surgeons who specialise in working on the liver and bile duct (which takes fluid called bile from the liver into the small intestine), and in liver transplants.

A large specialised team works alongside them, including liaison nurses (whose job it is to link and support families with other staff), ward nurses, transplant coordinators (who arrange for transplants when a liver becomes available), dieticians to help with nutrition, physiotherapists, psychologists, social workers, pharmacists (who provide and check on all the many drugs used in the Unit) and play therapists (play in the children’s hospital is coordinated with treatment). The Unit is also supported by Radiologists (who take X-rays), Histopathologists (looking at tissue samples), anaesthetists and other specialists within the hospital.

The Unit is located in Ward 8, on the first floor. There is a play room, and facilities for parents are available in the unit.

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