New multi-million pound children’s A&E to open at Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield

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Work has started on a new multi-million pound children’s A&E department at a Birmingham hospital.

The revamped children’s emergency department at Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield will be accessed off the main A&E reception area. It will include a dedicated reception area and extra rooms in a single-storey expansion at the front of the site by Rectory Road.

The upgraded department will see its treatment cubicles double from four to eight, and it will have a new quiet room and well-being room, expanding and improving treatment for youngsters.

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It will also have a dedicated paediatric ambulance entrance and drop-off area and a larger dedicated waiting area.

The move will also free up space to treat adults in the existing children’s A&E area.

The hospital, part of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, currently treats 19,000 children in A&E each year and that figure is ‘rising annually’.

Paula Lane, lead nurse at the paediatric emergency department at Good Hope Hospital, said: “The team are really excited about the project and are helping to design the new spaces based on our experience of working on the front-line with children and young people.”

Emergency department consultant, Dr Sanjay Mistry, is looking forward to the new A&E becoming operational.

Dr Mistry said: “We are looking forward to being able to work in a superb environment which matches the great level of care we offer our young patients at Good Hope.

“I’ve worked as a doctor in ED for over 15 years and this new department is one of the most exciting developments I’ve been involved with. It will be of huge benefit to both staff and patients in the local community.”

University Hospitals Birmingham Charity will also be contributing to the project, providing those ‘over and above’ elements which will help make the environment as comfortable as possible for children and young people.

Sharon Holland, operations manager for the emergency department, added: “From a Trust perspective, the new department represents a huge investment in Good Hope Hospital and is a unique chance for us to work with colleagues across our clinical divisions to get it right for children and young people.”

The hospital has no inpatient paediatric wards, although there is a paediatric assessment unit, which can provide overnight stays if required the Trust said.

The new department is set to open in late spring 2021.





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