A NEW children’s assessment unit at Warwick Hospital has treated its first patient.
Children needing urgent medical attention will be seen in the unit, which has been installed as part of the trust’s response to coronavirus.
GP and A&E referrals will be seen there, and it will increase capacity for the hospital’s children’s ward as medical staff will not have to focus on admissions and inpatient care.
Director of development Sophie Gilkes said: “Needing hospital care can feel daunting for anyone let alone a child. This hugely exciting project will support our clinical teams to provide the very best care, as quickly as possible, to local children in a safe and comforting surrounding.
“As the pandemic continues and we move into the depths of the winter months, the demand for our services is increasing. Thanks to funding from NHS England and capital investment from the trust, the unit is one of several schemes we are implementing.
“Other projects include work within A&E to accommodate an additional cubicle for children and an additional modular build to relocate services to free up more space for the teams that look after our emergency patients. These developments alongside the new unit will provide the vital additional space to respond to patient need and the demands for our services.”
Paediatric registrar Dr Aju Chacko said the unit would improve care for children.
He added: “The Paediatric Assessment Unit now being operational is amazing for the department. The development, which provides a whole host of benefits, will enable our team to deliver co-ordinated care in a designated place – providing more efficient and faster treatment for children.”