Cheethams is a centre of excellence in many disciplines, more than a regional children's centre and in some specialties on a par with dedicated children's hospitals such as Great Ormond Street, Alder Hey in Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester Children's Hospitals.
The specialty areas include: allergies, asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetics, rheumatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, haematology, epilepsy, neuro disability, oncology, renal and respiratory medicine. Other areas of expertise include paediatric anaesthesia, ophthalmology and dentistry. They also include specialist surgery areas such as spinal surgery, general surgery and urology.
A seven-strong nursing team care for children with respiratory illnesses including cystic fibrosis, asthma and children with long-term ventilation needs. Two of the nurses work specifically with children who have Cystic Fibrosis, contributing to Cheethams' reputation as a centre of national excellence for treatment of the condition.
Two other nurses in the team are responsible for co-ordinating the discharge home of complex patients, usually needing ventilatory help with their breathing. A Child Asthma Nurse Specialist runs nurse-led asthma clinics and performs skin prick testing.
An Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist is supported by three oncology nurses in providing chemotherapy service and day case procedures. They also support the nurses on the hospital wards in delivering care and treatments.
A Gastroenterology Clinical Nurse Specialist runs clinics, performs investigations and assists medical staff in the management of patients with acute, chronic and long-term gastrointestinal conditions. They also answer parents' questions, explain treatments and give relevant written information on children's conditions.
Children with growth endocrine disorders caused by hormonal problems are treated as outpatients by an Endocrinology Clinical Nurse Specialist who provide expert advice and interventions, run nurse-led clinics and co-ordinate and deliver specialised treatments.