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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 country.

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.

children's assessment unit openingA 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.

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