Public offered insight into Southampton Children's Hospital

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Members of the public will have the chance to find out more about the specialist services provided at Southampton Children's Hospital at an event tomorrow (Tuesday) evening.

It forms part of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust's programme of activities for members, which gives people who register a chance to meet staff and hear about developments and innovation in a range of services.

Among the topics set to be covered are the pioneering sleep disorder service led by Dr Catherine Hill, the youth and play services team which helps to prepare children for procedures and hospital stays and the fundraising appeal for a state-of-the-art children's emergency and trauma department.

Southampton Children’s Hospital is a major centre for specialist paediatric services including heart, brain, cancer, trauma and intensive care, with the best survival rate in the country in its paediatric intensive care unit and one of the highest-performing cardiac units.

It is supported by Southampton Children's Hospital Charity, which was launched last year to enhance the care and treatment of young patients by raising funds to support areas that lie beyond the scope of NHS funding.

Dr Hill, who recently appeared on the BBC's Panorama programme and discussed the “desperate need” to get children's sleep on the public health agenda, and her team are currently leading the first project in the UK designed to improve the hospital sleep environment.

The children's emergency and trauma department appeal, which is a partnership between Southampton Children's Hospital Charity and The Murray Parish Trust, will see the creation of a dedicated £4.8 million facility with an eight-bed observation area, 11 glass-fronted and sound proof cubicles and on-hand x-ray and imaging equipment.

The appeal will raise £2 million which will be matched by the government and a further £800,000 allocated by UHS. Last month, fundraisers hit £500,000 in donations and the government released its first instalment of £500,000 towards the project.

Dr Peter Wilson, a consultant in paediatric intensive care and director of Southampton Children's Hospital, said: “This event will provide a great opportunity to find out more about some of the fantastic work going on across our children's hospital, as well as some exciting plans for the future.”

This event, which will take place tomorrow from 6pm until 8pm in the Heartbeat Education Centre at Southampton General Hospital, is open to all members (staff and public) and their guests, who can reserve a place by emailing uhsmember@uhs.nhs.uk.

Anyone interested in attending who is not currently a member can contact the membership team to register and reserve a place.

Posted on Monday 8 May 2017