Children needing emergency care can look forward to an improved experience after it was announced that Derriford Hospital will receive more than £2million to upgrade parts of the Emergency Department.
The department was originally built for a maximum of 240 people attending every day. The average attendance across the last year has been 278 people, with regular attendances of more than 300 per day. This results in cramped facilities and sometimes overcrowding.
The long-term ambition is to create a brand new, fit-for-purpose Urgent and Emergency Care Department but that will take time.
In the meantime, this investment will allow:
- An expansion of the paediatric area taking the unit from three children’s consultation rooms up to five, plus a bigger waiting area and toilets for families to use
- An improved resuscitation unit which could be double the size it is now. Currently there are four bays within the resuscitation unit. This could increase to 7/8.
Plans are currently being drawn up, in a bid to get the work complete in time for winter.
Chief Executive Ann James said: “We welcome this investment. It is much needed and will be much appreciated by staff and patients. Our long-term aim is still to rebuild the department as one fit for the region’s Major Trauma Centre and a specialist hospital. But this investment will certainly help alleviate the growing pressure on our emergency unit in the meantime.”