A new dedicated children’s accident and emergency department has opened at a Birmingham hospital.
The child-centric emergency department, announced in January, has 10 treatment cubicles, up from the previous four at the main A&E, a new reception and larger waiting area, quiet and well-being rooms and its own ambulance drop-off point.
As well as benefitting children the new kids A&E also frees up space in the neighbouring existing A&E department.
A spokesperson for University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust said: “Good Hope’s new Children’s Emergency Department (ED) opened its doors for the first time on Thursday.
“Trust chief executive, Dr David Rosser, emergency department matron, Angela Birmingham, ED Consultant, Dr Sanjay Mistry and other members of staff from the department, estates and paediatrics were present to mark the occasion with a ribbon cutting.”
“The new department provides 10 treatment cubicles, a new reception space, as well as a quiet room and well-being room. It also means more space can be dedicated to treating adult patients in the area vacated by the current children’s department.”
They continued: “The single-storey building has offered an exciting opportunity to design a care environment around the specific needs of children and young people.
“University Hospitals Birmingham Charity, with the support of Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust, has contributed to the new department, providing those ‘over and above’ elements which will help make the environment as comfortable as possible for patients.”
A&E consultant, Dr Mistry, had previously said: “We are looking forward to being able to work in a superb environment which matches the great level of care we offer our young patients at Good Hope.
“I’ve worked as a doctor in ED for over 15 years and this new department is one of the most exciting developments I’ve been involved with. It will be of huge benefit to both staff and patients in the local community.”
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The hospital has no inpatient paediatric wards, although there is a paediatric assessment unit, which can provide overnight stays if required the Trust said.