An enhanced dedicated paediatric emergency unit has opened at
Darlington Memorial Hospital.
The unit provides care for infants, children and young people
for Darlington and the surrounding areas.
Dr Sri Perumal, emergency department consultant said: "We are
delighted that the enhanced paediatric emergency unit is now open.
It will be staffed by paediatric trained nurses 24 hours a day. And
we have a paediatric consultant lead in the department. It has been
designed to be a child friendly environment to make children feel
comfortable when they come in."
The unit includes a triage room, treatment rooms which have been
decorated with colourful murals, a paediatric resuscitation room
and a sensory room as well as a waiting area.
Jane Carr matron for the paediatric emergency unit said: "Having
a dedicated paediatric emergency unit allows for a much better
environment for infants, children and young people that we care
for. It is much more age-appropriate, relaxing and calm environment
that is separate from the adult emergency department.
"The new waiting area is a large open space with lots of
seating, a television, toys and books. This is also a key area for
us, as our colleagues can observe children playing as part of
diagnosis and treatment.
"We are hugely grateful for the support from Your NHS Charity
for the beautiful murals, the toys and games and being able to kit
out a sensory room with a light projector and other sensory needs
equipment. The sensory room has been designed for those infants,
children or young people who are particularly anxious or sensitive
to noise and lights who could benefit from a very relaxing calming
The paediatric emergency unit is located to the left of the main
entrance to Darlington Memorial Hospital, with a designated secure
intercom entrance to ensure the safety of children to the child
Pat Chambers Charity Development Manager added: "We are grateful
for the support received via external funders, Screwfix Foundation
and Darlington Building Society for helping us to transform the new
paediatric emergency unit creating a welcoming, vibrant and fun
space for children and families. The funding has helped us to
provide colourful murals, new toys, games, books, storage and
sensory needs equipment."
Published: September 2021
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