WORKS to create a new multi-million pound Children’s Emergency Department are underway.
The new department at Good Hope Hospital will provide a dedicated space for children and young people.
There will be eight treatment cubicles, a new reception space, as well as a quiet room and wellbeing room.
When the site opens this spring University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust, which oversees the running of the hospital, say more space will be available to treating adult patients in the area vacated by the current children’s department.
The entrance to the department will remain in its existing location, with a new ambulance entrance and drop-off area.
Paediatric patients will have their own waiting area and separate corridor spaces.
The project will help provide additional Emergency Department capacity and will open in Spring 2021.
The team care for approximately 19,000 children every year, with this number rising annually.
Paula Lane, lead nurse in the paediatric emergency department, said: “The team are really excited about the project and are helping to design the new spaces based on our experience of working on the front-line with children and young people.”
University Hospitals Birmingham Charity will also be contributing to the project, to make it as comfortable as possible for patients.
Dr Sanjay Mistry, Emergency Department Consultant, concluded: “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.”