The new facility has been designed to a high specification providing a better environment and facilities for children and their families, including bigger bed bays with chair-beds for parents.
It is decorated throughout with child-friendly graphics based on the Hillingdon trail which depicts local landmarks. These graphics were designed with input from children.
The unit consists of a paediatric assessment unit which is a four-bed unit for patients who require a short stay, usually for observation or awaiting a diagnostic result; a triage room where initial assessments will take place; and a clinic room for patients requiring follow-up monitoring which will also take GP referrals. In addition there are six A&E consulting rooms, one of which is an isolation room with an en-suite bathroom, and one a high-dependency step-down room for patients who have come from the resuscitation unit.
The rebuild is part of a wider £5 million investment at Hillingdon to expand and improve services for women and children. It has been made possible through funding from the Shaping a Healthier Future programme, the Government’s reconfiguration scheme of healthcare in North West London.
A brand new four-bed extension to Hillingdon Hospital’s paediatric Peter Pan ward will open in the autumn and will include high-dependency beds.
Children’s services have been expanded alongside the Trust’s maternity services to accommodate the increase in demand following the closure of the maternity unit and children's A&E at Ealing Hospital.
The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has also recruited additional staff to manage the increasing number of children it is seeing.