New pull-down beds means parents can stay overnight at their children's side at Northampton hospital ward

The Mayor and Mayoress of Northampton Gareth and Terrie Eales open the newly-refurbished ward.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Northampton Gareth and Terrie Eales open the newly-refurbished ward.

A critically-ill children's ward at Northampton General Hospital has had 10 beds installed so parents can stay overnight with their children.

The new pull down beds at Paddington's, which each bed cost £2,754, were installed as part of a makeover across the entire ward.

There is also a new nurse call system, fire alarm system and a complete redecoration.

Paddington's is a high dependency unit where the most seriously ill children are cared for.

The beds were funded by a £27,000 donation by The Friends of NGH, the Hannah Payne Memorial Trust and fundraiser David Goldman, as support from the hospital's charity Northamptonshire Healthcare Charitable Fund (NHCF).

NHCF coordinator Alison McCulloch said: "The pull down beds enable parents to get some rest while their child is in hospital without using up lots of space in the room as the bed is stored in the wall. We’re also saving valuable space by no longer needing to store ten foldaway beds on the ward".

The Mayor and Mayoress of Northampton opened the newly refurbished children's ward at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 17.

The second half of Paddington ward is scheduled to be refurbished in late spring of 2018.