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Artists impression of reception entranceSouthampton Children's Hospital Charity needs to build a new Children's Emergency and Trauma Department which will replace the existing Children's Emergency Department. The new Children's Emergency and Trauma Department will combine the emergency and trauma services with the assessment unit.

The new department is expected to see over 30,000 children a year, stretching across emergency and medical unplanned instances in nine areas: Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset, Devon, Wiltshire, Berkshire, West Sussex, Channel Islands and Oxfordshire.

This will see the development of a state-of-the-art eight bed observation area, 11 glass-fronted and sound proof cubicles and on-hand x-ray facilities. It will also include the creation of a reception, triage and waiting area for young patients, access to resuscitation facilities via a new link corridor, a nurse practitioner room, and will incorporate the children's assessment unit. Artists impressions of these areas can be found on this page.

Artists impression - cubical area

This will include:

  • A large dedicated children's waiting room, reception and triage.
  • A bespoke children's emergency x-ray, including C-arm portable x-ray machine to allow manipulation of fractures.
  • A children's procedural sedation room, eliminating the need for those needing sedation to be treated in the adult resuscitation room.
  • An acute assessment unit with 11 modern glass fronted bays (rather than five separated by a curtain) with two isolation bays and a mental health safe room.
  • A separate observed treatment area with substantially more space located alongside the staff base.
  • A short stay unit with bays that are twice the size located just a corridor away from the acute assessment unit.

Artists impression Observation roomMaking the vision a reality

We've done it! We have raised £2million in partnership with The Murray Parish Trust which will coincide with £2million worth of match funding from the Government, as well as £1.1million already allocated by the hospital, allowing us to make this critical ambition a reality.

This new department will open in summer 2019.


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