University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Plans unveiled for new £5m children's emergency and trauma department in Southampton

Support our case for a dedicated children's emergency and trauma department

Our emergency and major trauma centre cares for critically ill children and adults arriving by air or road from the entire south central and south west region, as well as those from the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands. We provide year round, 24 hour care, 7 days a week.

While there is a separate space for children within our emergency department, it’s located in the middle of the busy adult emergency area and was originally designed for adult patients with minor injuries. It consists of four trolley bays, one isolation cubicle and an observation area for three young patients. In 2015 the Care Quality Commission rated the care we provide in this area as ‘outstanding’ but highlighted that our current environment and facilities need to improve. To do so, we require further investment.

Creating a dedicated children’s emergency and trauma department

We want to create a dedicated children’s emergency and trauma department, which would house an eight-bed observation area, 11 glass-fronted and sound proof cubicles and on-hand x-ray facilities. It will also see the creation of a bespoke reception, triage and waiting area for young patients, access to resuscitation facilities via a new link corridor, a nurse practitioner room and will incorporate the children’s assessment unit.


The new department will cost £4.8 million to build. We’ve committed £800,000 and Winchester MP Steve Brine spearheaded a bid which has secured £2 million investment from the government. This will then be matched with a further £2 million to be raised by The Murray Parish Trust (a charity formed by actors Jim Murray and Sarah Parish) and Southampton Hospital Charity. 


The Murray Parish Trust has launched #2MillionSteps which aims to raise the necessary funds and awareness for the new unit by asking “What steps will you take to make a difference?

With a variety of fundraising options available, including one off donations, regular giving, and event participation, there are numerous ways to show and share your support. Find out more on the charity website: