Princess Anne opens Northampton General Hospital's new £2.9 million paedriatic emergency department

The Princess Royal had a tour of the new building and met the clinicians and staff that run the department before unveiling a plaque to officially open it

Tuesday, 14th September 2021, 2:17 pm
Updated Tuesday, 14th September 2021, 2:18 pm
HRH Princess Anne opened Northampton General Hospital's new Paediatric Emergency Department. Library Picture (Getty)

Princess Anne officially opened Northampton General Hospital's new Paedriatic Emergency Department today (September 14).

The new facility - costing £2.9 million - was constructed over the last seven months and is projected to improve care for the 28,000 local children, who require hospital emergency department support each year.

Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, arrived at the hospital this morning where she was received by the Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire, James Saunders Watson. She then met with senior hospital leaders, clinicians, volunteers and key NHS partners involved in the county's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Northampton General Hospital’s urgent care matron, Michelle Coe, said: “It was a great honour, and very exciting, for our team to welcome The Princess Royal to officially open our fantastic new Paediatric Emergency Department.

“For children and young people, and their families, the new department creates a dedicated, safe, child-friendly environment, in which to receive the help they need during times of illness or injury.

“It has its own entrance, which is entirely separate, and is a huge improvement on the previous paediatric area which only had three rooms and was located inside the hospital’s main ED.”

The Princess Royal was taken on a tour of the new building and met clinicians and staff that run the department before unveiling a plaque to officially open it.

Nurse manager for the department, Kerry Marriott, said: “It is so much better. It is purpose-designed, light and airy, and has a range of great facilities including some new additions such as a dedicated injuries assessment area, a safe area for patients presenting in mental health crisis, a high dependency bed space, and a private feeding room.”

Other facilities include a dedicated triage room, three waiting areas - one of which is a separate space for adolescents - four trolley assessment spaces and six assessment rooms.

Northampton General Hospital’s chief executive, Heidi Smoult, said: “This is an important new facility for the hospital which will help us to deliver paediatric care in the right dedicated environment.

“We were deeply honoured that The Princess Royal agreed to open the department and this was a great morale boost for staff in the department, and indeed the whole hospital, after all of the difficulties of the Covid pandemic.

“The new department will help us to provide the right kind sensitive care for children and adolescents and means our hard-working staff have a much-improved working environment.”

Pictures to come.