Children's ED engagement event

April, 2018

Work on our brand new Children’s Emergency Department has already started, but what will it look like inside?

We thought the best people to ask would be those who will be using it and so we asked young people to tell us their ideas for what they would like to see.

Around 10 young people and five younger children  took part in the event which involved asking for their views on a range of issues from how they would like to be treated, what the area would look like and how it could be decorated.

Youth Services Manager Joyce Stebbings said: “The young people who took part were fantastic. They came up with things I would never have thought of but that made total sense from their perspective.

“It was interesting that some of the older ones were also thinking about the needs of the younger patients too, it was a really useful exercise and one that will hopefully lead to some of their ideas being used.”

Imaginative ideas

Ideas including maps to inform young people of what happens in ED, the use of bright colours, comfortable sofas, interactive screens and having areas to charge and use mobile devices and tablets were all very popular.

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Young people were also keen to give their thoughts on how clinical staff could better communicate with them, ensuring they were involved in the decisions around their care.

“This is a great example of how we want to make sure we are delivering the best services we can for young people by involving them at the outset,” added Joyce.

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The suggestions have now been collated and being considered by the steering group overseeing the development.

The state-of-the-art department, which will cost £5.1 million, is expected to see more than 30,000 youngsters every year from across the South of England and will include an eight-bed observation area, 11 glass-fronted and soundproof cubicles and on-hand x-ray facilities.

To fund the project, Southampton Hospital Charity has partnered with The Murray Parish Trust (TMPT), a charity formed by actress Sarah Parish and her actor husband James Murray in memory of their late daughter Ella-Jayne, to raise £2 million.

The fundraising total will be matched by the government and a further £1.1 million allocated by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.