Our new children and young people’s emergency department at James Cook welcomed its first patients in September.
The purpose-built department, which is next to the main emergency department, is only the second of its kind in the North East and will provide emergency care to more than 25,000 patients a year, covering all age ranges from neonates up to 18 years.
It provides a number of specialist facilities including:
• Dedicated observation, treatment and resuscitation rooms
• Mental health assessment room
• Sensory room
• Breastfeeding room
Everything from the wall artwork to the patient meals has be designed with children and young people in mind and charitable funds have been used to provide those little extras.
The first patient to be seen at the department was six-week-old Harry Wright. His mum Victoria Franklin, from Redcar, said it was a nice surprise to be the first to be seen in the newly opened department.
She added: “We think Harry has a cow’s milk allergy so we thought we best come and get him reviewed. The new centre is lovely.”