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If your child is struggling with a health condition, you can choose to see a consultant privately at Spire Healthcare. Our hospitals work together to offer a full range of paediatric services from initial consultation and diagnosis through to treatment and surgery.

At Spire Harpenden Hospital, we offer a limited consultation and diagnostic service for children between 0 - 16 years. Treatments and surgery can be offered to 16 – 17 year olds (up till their 18th birthday) if they meet the requirements following a risk assessment and approval by a Registered Children's Nurse. Please be advised that we do not offer any invasive procedures to anyone under the age of 16.

Children's services available at Spire Harpenden Hospital

Under 16s

Consultations and minor tests such as ear suctioning and blood tests are available for children under 16. If your child needs further interventional diagnostic tests or surgical treatment, your consultant will discuss this with you and can arrange this for your child at an alternative Spire Hospital or local NHS facility which offers a full service for children.

Treatments for 16 - 17 year olds

Young people aged 16 - 17 years (up till their 18th birthday) who need further interventional diagnostic tests or surgical treatment will be risk assessed by a Registered Children’s Nurse to confirm that they can be treated as an adult here at Spire Harpenden Hospital.

Children and Young People's treatments

We offer the following screens, tests and services to paediatric patients between the ages of 0 - 16.  These may vary depending on your consultant.

  • Blood tests for patients seen at Spire over 12 years (not GP blood tests)
  • Non-invasive procedures include Cryo on small surface lesions
  • ENT micro suction
  • Ultrasound screening
  • GP services
  • Consultations with Consultants that have CYP Governance compliance

Please note, we do not do any allergy screening for children under 18 years old.

16 - 17 year olds can access the full range of treatments offered to adults at Spire Harpenden Hospital subject to being risk assessed by a children’s nurse before treatment can proceed.

Get in touch

For more information on our paediatric services, please call 01582 714 420 or

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Accessing the Children and Young People's Service

You can use your private health insurance or pay for your child's treatment yourself and a GP referral is not always necessary. Our customer advisers are on hand to provide more information.

A network of paediatric care

If you can't find the service or treatment your child needs at this hospital you can search for paediatric services at other Spire hospitals.

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Safeguarding children and adults

Safeguarding continues to be a high priority and Spire Healthcare is committed to safeguarding adults, children, young people and looked after children. All healthcare staff have a duty to recognise and respond to safeguarding children or adults issues. Safeguarding is a range of activities from promoting health and wellbeing to protection from harm.

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