Barnsley Hospital opens new children’s emergency department

Barnsley Hospital has opened a new £3 million Children’s Emergency Department and Assessment Unit.

The unit provides wraparound care for young patients requiring urgent help and assessments.

It’s an extension at the front of their current Emergency Department and offers emergency access along with the new Children’s Assessment Unit. Previously, the two services were in separate areas of the hospital site, however the new department now means paediatric specialists can work in closer proximity.

Dr Richard Jenkins, Chief Executive, said: “Any family needing to bring their child to hospital would naturally be concerned and families have also been worried about COVID-19, along with the risk of infection. Our new, more spacious facilities will provide seamless care which is child-friendly and supportive for families and carers. It means the children who arrive with injuries from accidents, infections or other conditions can be seen in a specialist area.

“The new units have space for all the teams and equipment needed. They will also let the current Emergency Department free up some of the space it has had to use to ensure staff and patients are safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to welcome and reassure families and hope the prospect of visiting our new dedicated unit will provide extra confidence for parents.”

Dr Simon Enright, Medical Director, added: “The development is in line with regional and national NHS ambitions to ‘future-proof’ local hospital services as demand for care grows. The new unit will also afford our Emergency care teams much more physical space which will support infection prevention and control protocols we implemented during the pandemic.”

The new units have been designed with the input of children, young people and service users who have helped specify lighting, wayfinding, decorations, and how services are referred to with sensitive and appropriate language.