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01 December 2014

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children Emergency Department Officially Reopened

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children has officially reopened its Emergency Department (ED) after undergoing a redesign and refurbishment to improve its services and facilities. To mark the grand unveiling patients, relatives and staff were invited to a ceremonial opening and ribbon cutting hosted by CBeebies' Mr Bloom.

University Hospitals Bristol, the Trust that runs Bristol Children's Hospital, has invested £350k into improving its Paediatric Emergency Department. The main focus of the project has been maximising the efficiency of the department by increasing its footprint and renewing the layout. New facilities include 'fast flow' cubicles so that staff can treat patients with minor injuries and illnesses quickly and efficiently. There is also a new sedation room which will allow the team to increase the number of sedations they do and reduce the number of children requiring admission for an anaesthetic the next day.

The open plan design has also improved safety in the department as it allows doctors and nurses in charge to keep an overview of most patients as they can be seen from a single central location. The ED team will also be able to flexibly use the different areas to cope with different levels of activity over the year. The department design has taken into account the importance of IT in modern medicine by increasing the number of computer terminals and replacing the old whiteboard with a bespoke electronic version.