Bright new look for chil­dren’s A&E ward

Long-serv­ing nurse opens unit – with a lit­tle help

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­

YOUNG pa­tients at Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal will now ben­e­fit from a newly re­vamped ac­ci­dent and emer­gency (A&E) ward that was of­fi­cially opened last week.

The re­designed chil­dren’s emer­gency ward was re­fur­bished as part of a £5mil­lion in­vest­ment in the Uxbridge hos­pi­tal for women’s and chil­dren’s ser­vices.

It was opened at mid­day on Tues­day July 19 by the long­est serv­ing pae­di­atric nurse at the A&E Mary O’Cal­laghan along­side the first young pa­tients us­ing the ward.

Shane DeGaris, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of The Hilling­don Hos­pi­tals NHS Foun­da­tion Trust which runs the hos­pi­tal call it ‘im­pres­sive, bright and mod­ern.’

Mr DeGaris said: “The newly re­fur­bished chil­dren’s A&E is one of the sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments made in our ser­vices for women and chil­dren over the past year.

“The new sur­round­ings pro­vide an im­pres­sive, bright and mod­ern space with big­ger bed bays and colour­ful graph­ics which will help en­sure a more

Big­ger bed bays and colour­ful graph­ics will help en­sure a more pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence for our young pa­tients”

pleas­ant and com­fort­able ex­pe­ri­ence for our young pa­tients.”

The ward now con­sists of a four-bed as­s­es­ment unit for chil­dren who need a short stay, a triage room for ini­tial as­sess­ments, and a clinic room for fol­low-ups.

There are also six A&E con­sult­ing rooms, and one room for young pa­tients who have come from the re­sus­ci­ta­tion unit.

The chil­dren’s A&E was moved to an­other sec­tion of the hos­pi­tal while the build­ing and dec­o­rat­ing work was car­ried out.

Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal is also set to be ex­panded when a four-bed ex­ten­sion to the Peter Pan pae­di­atric ward opens in the au­tumn.

The £5mil­lion in­vest­ment has been made through fund­ing from the Shap­ing a Health­ier Fu­ture pro­gramme which is the gov­ern­ment’s re­con­fig­u­ra­tion of health in north west Lon­don. The pro­gramme saw the clo­sure of the chil­dren’s ward at Eal­ing Hos­pi­tal.

n OF­FI­CIAL OPEN­ING: Mary O’Cal­laghan (cen­tre) with two young pa­tients Zayd and Zara and their mother Nadia Faiz at the new Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal chil­dren’s A&E. Left, bed bay ar­eas have been widened and bright art­work added to make the unit more wel­com­ing

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