New children’s emergency department set to open

Communities / Sun 14th Sep 2014 at 05:25pm

A BRAND new Children’s Emergency Department is due to open at Princess Alexandra Hospital on 15 September 2014.

The unit will move out of the hospital’s main Emergency Department into a separate building next door, offering a much larger and friendlier environment for patients under the age of 17.

Work started in July 2014 to renovate the rooms next to the hospital’s main entrance, creating more than double the number of assessment and treatment bays, a designated high-dependency bay and space to house new state-of-the-art equipment.

Following the opening of the new unit, the old paediatrics area will be re-designed to expand the minor injuries area for adult patients.

Kim Gardiner, Matron for Children’s Services,said: “We’ve worked really hard to create an area which offers children and parents much more privacy in a calm and spacious environment.

“When it’s finished we hope the layout, child-friendly design, and improved facilities will give patients a far better experience.”

The new unit will be open from 8am until midnight, seven days a week. Outside of these hours, children will be seen and treated in the hospital’s main Emergency Department.

Media Contact:Victoria Thatcher
Published:Friday 12th Sep 2014

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