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Women and Children's Division

The Den, Chesterfield Royal Hospital

Photo: Trevor Smith Photography

The Women's and Children's Division encompasses a wide range of services across acute and community settings. This includes the School Health Services, Women's Health Unit, Orthotics, Orthoptics and CAHPs.

The Chesterfield Birth Centre includes a full birthing experience with support from four community midwifery bases. There is an antenatal clinic on site as well as post-natal support on Trinity ward and further support in the community.


The rest of the service comprises of:

  • Maternity Services

  • Paediatric Services

  • Specialist Children's Services


  • Neonatal services

  • Gynaecology Services


​Children's service are available at our Child Development Centre (The Den) and includes Child Psychology, Hearing Services, Community Nursing, a Child Development Nursery, Children's Diabetes and our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

Children's Services

We have an integrated children's service providing high quality care to children and young people, in a range of services, across North Derbyshire including inpatient and outpatient services both at the Chesterfield Royal Hospital and across community bases.

Children's Outpatients has benefited from a rebuild and is now housed in ‘the Den' which opened in November 2008. A purpose built space, which locates all of Children's Outpatients together, the Den has a warm, child friendly atmosphere with age appropriate play materials which makes coming to hospital a less daunting experience for our patients.

There are a range of general and specialist clinics provided. For some specialities joint clinics with visiting specialists from other specialist hospitals, are held in conjunction with our own staff such as neurology and cardiology.

Child with toy panda and stethoscope
Specialist Children's Services

Specialist children's services in the community are organised on a district-wide basis. The full range of services provided for children in acute and community is settings:

  • Child development centre

  • Physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy

  • Children's clinical psychology

  • Orthoptist

  • Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)

  • School nursing service

  • School health service

  • Children's Hearing Services

  • Neonatal hearing screening service

  • Safeguarding Children service

  • Children's Community Nursing

  • Child Play and Development Nursery

  • Dietician Services

  • Outreach Services at various centres across North Derbyshire

  • Young Persons Outreach Team

  • Young Persons Drug and Alcohol Team

Children on grass
The Den, Chesterfield Royal Hospital

The child development centre (CDC) located in the Den is the focus of the multidisciplinary child development service.


Consultant clinics are also provided at Buxton Health Centre, The Dales children's centre at Bakewell, Matlock, Chapel, Bolsover, Shirebrook, Eckington, Dronfield, and Clay Cross as well as Chesterfield.

The school health service is organised on a geographical basis with secondary and feeder primary schools attended by a school doctor and school nurse.

Speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy are available to children in all early years settings and schools and in community bases. The therapy services all operate systems of referral criteria to prioritise workload.

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