Children's assessment unit opens
Our redesigned and refurbished children’s
assessment unit has been officially opened, marking 20 years since
the service was first established as one of the first in the
The original assessment unit was established
in the children’s unit in May 1997.
Previously children referred to the hospital
by their GP were admitted to one of three wards, alongside younger
patients already admitted and with established treatment plans.
This meant children who may only have needed assessment often ended
up being admitted to hospital.
In 1997, the unit was open from 8am-8pm Monday
to Friday and cared for around 2,000 children each year.
In 2011, the unit moved to a 24 hour, seven
day service, 365 days a year. Today, the unit cares for around
7,000 children annually.
The unit’s £250,000 refurbishment includes a new reception area,
waiting room with play facilities, nursing assessment room,
stabilisation and resuscitation room and oncology therapy room.
A ribbon was cut to mark the unit’s
opening at a special event on 10 May by Hannah Jolliff, mother of
two-year-old patient Ollie, with chief executive Debbie Fleming and
assessment unit senior sister Jo Milton looking on.
The event also marked the opening of the
dedicated day surgery unit for children, which opened in September
2016 and is based on the children’s unit.