New children’s ward opens at Daisy Hill Hospital.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

THE new Children's Ward at Daisy Hill Hospital will open this Thursday (14 December).

Staff, service users and public representatives had the chance yesterday (Monday) to have a look around the new Paediatric Unit before its opening later this week.

It will mean that from the new year, all planned paediatric surgery for the southern area will happen at The Daisy Children's and Young People's Unit on the sixth floor of the hospital.

The new unit is part of a £14.5m plan to modernise hospital services for children and young people across the Southern Trust and will be complemented by the new Blossom Children and Young People's Centre at Craigavon Area Hospital.

Speaking at the open day, Director of Children and Young People's Services for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, Paul Morgan said: "We are absolutely delighted to see the completion of our new paediatric unit at Daisy Hill, staff are excited to be moving patients into their new modern inpatient wing this Friday and we look forward to our impressive new theatre suite becoming operational in the new year.

"I would like to thank the design team and contractors for their dedication over the past year since building began. This has been a very ambitious development within the building and our own staff have worked tirelessly to ensure the project was completed with minimal disruption.

We greatly appreciate the co-operation of patients, visitors and staff throughout the hospital in helping us to modernise and transform our services to ensure that children and young people coming to Daisy Hill receive the best possible care in the highest standard of facilities."

The Daisy Children and Young People's Unit includes a dedicated child-friendly theatre suite with recovery area, 19 inpatient beds including a negative pressure room and four short stay beds for the increasing number of patients who can receive treatment that does not require an overnight stay. It also has a parents' room with shower facilities and a playroom with sensory equipment.

The Trust reminds people to always go the Emergency Department on the ground floor of the hospital for assistance with a serious, urgent condition.


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