Lister the Lion leaps in to the children’s emergency department

Later this week, there are moves taking place in the Lister’s emergency department – and a new friend is coming to play in the children’s area. The changes taking place as the hospital’s new £19 million unit takes shape ahead of it being fully ready by October 2014 are:

  • Children’s emergency service moving to its temporary home (whilst its new longer-term location is refurbished/created) overnight on Thursday, 10 April 2014, with the service operational in its new location in the department from Friday, 11 April;
  • Adult majors expands in to their refurbished area, again overnight on Thursday, 10 April 2014 ready for being operational on Friday, 11 April;
  • Adult minors move to their temporary home in the department’s new extension overnight on Friday, 11 April 2014, so that it is ready from Saturday, 12 April.

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Dorothy Bean, the Trust’s children’s nursing services manager said:

“Overnight on Thursday, 10 April, the children’s emergency department will move across the corridor from where it is now and be ready for patients from Friday, 11 April.  When parents arrive with their children, they should first go to the main emergency department entrance and they will be directed to the new children’s area.  The very short walk will be marked clearly by our new hospital friend, Lister the Lion.  Of course, if a child is very ill, we’ll help guide them to get there quickly.”

Dorothy Bean, the Trust’s children’s nursing services manager said:

“Overnight on Thursday, 10 April, the children’s emergency department will move across the corridor from where it is now and be ready for patients from Friday, 11 April.  When parents arrive with their children, they should first go to the main emergency department entrance and they will be directed to the new children’s area.  The very short walk will be marked clearly by our new hospital friend, Lister the Lion.  Of course, if a child is very ill, we’ll help guide them to get there quickly.”

Commenting on the changes being made to services for adults, which also come in to effect from 11 April (majors) and 12 April (minors), Pawan Gupta, one of the Trust’s emergency medicine consultants, said:

“I would like to reassure everyone that there will be no interruption to the care we give to adults.  These changes take us one step closer to the complete new service being ready in the Autumn, which will bring better equipment, more space and a modern environment.  Although the temporary moves may affect where we treat patients, it’s important to remember that we will not allow these temporary changes to affect the high standards of care that we provide to our patients every day of the year.”

Once all of these moves are completed by Saturday, 12 April 2014, there will no longer be public access to and from the rest of the Lister hospital via the emergency department.  This change will be permanent from this point onward and those used to using the A&E as a route of access to the main hospital – including Trust staff – will need to use the main public entrances instead.