Until the opening of this hospital in 2015, children from the age of 13 were typically cared for in our adult hospitals. The new hospital is designed to treat all patients until they turn 16, providing a much more appropriate setting for these young people. There’s also a base for adolescents to play games consoles, make a snack or spend time with friends or visitors.
The vast majority of the 244 paediatric beds are in single rooms with their own toilet and shower facilities and entertainment console system, including TV and Wi-Fi. The rooms are spacious and designed to enable a parent or guardian to stay overnight with their child. There are a small number of four bedded wards for those patients who would benefit from social interaction with other children...these were created in response to feedback from children, parents and experienced paediatric healthcare staff.
Every little thing has been given big attention, down to the creation of specially designed doors with viewing windows at different eye levels that will ensure that even the tiniest tot has the same opportunity to see in and out of the room. The artwork has even been installed into ceilings to let young patients on trolleys see something bright and cheerful when they’re being moved around. The bright reception desk is decorated by a bank of lights that constantly change colour.