Pupils help make A&E more child friendly

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School pupils have helped make the accident and emergency department at The James Cook University Hospital more child friendly by designing artwork for its new resuscitation rooms.

Children's resus room - James Cook Hospital

Simulated emergency with a dummy patient in the new resus rooms at James Cook Hospital

Every year around 350 children are treated by the resuscitation team at the Middlesbrough hospital but until recently they have had to use the same facilities as adult patients.

The new rooms enable children who have been involved in major trauma or who have a medical emergency to be treated in a separate area with a more appropriate environment.

Youngsters from St Bede’s School in Marske teamed up with A&E staff and Steve Robson Artworks to brighten up the walls of the new rooms with some unique designs. The pupils created their own fun, colourful images for the walls capturing everything from beach scenes to space travel to help make the area feel less intimidating for young patients.

Sara Hamill, paediatric nurse practitioner at James Cook said: “Feedback so far has been very positive. Our patients feel that it’s much more child friendly and parents have said what a difference it makes having children away from the hustle and bustle of the main A&E entrances.

“It’s much better for patient experience as youngsters who are struggling with their breathing will no longer find themselves being treated next to an adult who has had a heart attack.

“The artwork looks fantastic and we would like to thank everyone involved for their amazing efforts.”