Peterborough City Hospital opens new children’s assessment unit

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust has opened a new purpose-built paediatric assessment unit at Peterborough City Hospital.

Part of a wider project aimed at improving urgent and emergency care services; the facility will benefit younger patients in need of specialist paediatric treatment.

The modular building will house dedicated treatment and stabilisation rooms, as well as isolation areas.

And it is has been named the ‘Jungle Unit’ based on the theme of the room, with illustrations of wildlife to encourage a more-calming environment.

Dr Tim Jones, consultant paediatrician and clinical lead for the unit, said: “We’re delighted to reopen the unit in this new and improved space.

“Hospitals can be especially daunting for our younger patients, but our teams have worked closely with the contractors to create a warm and welcoming environment, equipped with everything we need to enhance patient care.”

Designed by Health Spaces, the unit was previously located in the emergency department before it was temporarily moved to the Amazon Children’s Ward, as part of the trust’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jones said: “Moving the unit out of its temporary location on the ward to its new home will also allow us to re-open day-case beds to offer more elective surgery as part of our plans to recover the activity delayed by the pandemic.”

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