Spurs stars open new Paediatric Emergency Department at PAH
Health / Fri 22nd Dec 2017 pm31 12:44pm
SPURS stars officially open the new Paediatric Emergency Department at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust while spreading Christmas cheer on the children’s ward.
As part of their annual Christmas visit this year, four of Tottenham Hotspur’s players delighted unwell children at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust.
Armed with gifts for all of the children, the players officially opened the new Paediatric Emergency Department (ED) and spent the afternoon in the state-of-the art modern facility with patients and hospital staff.
Lisa Wastell, the children’s Dolphin Ward Play Specialist, who helped to organise the event, said: “The children were delighted to meet the players who brought lots of festive cheer and laughter to the hospital. It was so nice to see the smiles on the faces of those children who are with us over the Christmas period, and this visit from the Spurs team certainly did that.”
Goalkeeper Michel Vorm, Defender for the Ladies Team, Renee Hector and younger players, Kazaiah Sterling and Anthony Georgiou, also spent the afternoon in the children’s Dolphin Ward, speaking with young patients and their families. They then visited the Neonatal Unit and met parents and their newborns.
Michael Vorm said: “Hospitals are never nice to go to, but if you see the joy and the excitement that you bring to the kids, even when they are going through tough times, is always good. It gives you a very good feeling and the kids as well, it’s a perfect combination. I’ve got three kids myself and you know that these situations are the worst, so if you can do something to make them smile it’s always good.”
With an investment from NHS England of just over £600,000 for the new Paediatric Emergency Department, staff, patients and their families are now enjoying a much brighter and spacious environment. The medical and nursing teams, who see up to 100 patients a day on average, 2000 patients a month, were fully involved in developing the layout and interior design of the new department.
The new department comprises two new high dependency unit bays, a parents’ room, a treatment room and larger open plan waiting room with a dedicated reception and welcome desk.
In addition there is now the long awaited new Paediatric Ambulatory Care Unit (PACU) which is due to open in the New Year. Previously the department was closed at 1am and all paediatric patients would then be diverted to the adult Emergency Department. Now all paediatric patients are being cared for by our specialist Paediatric Nurses around the clock.
Fiona Cook, Paediatric Emergency Department Manager, said: “We are so proud of our new facilities which provides a modern, spacious, child and family friendly environment in which to care for our patients. I look forward to coming to work every day. It was lovely to see our patients so excited when they received the presents and we are enormously grateful to the team for raising the spirits of our patients and their families, bringing timely festive cheer.
Very well done to PAH Trust. Shows the public what they can do when given the chance. No comments or praise from Durcan and his lefty mob in the Town Hall. Only good for inventing bad news. Vote LABOUR at your PERIL.