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New A&E unit opens for children in Brighton

The Argus: Janet Hall (matron) and Michael Jones with Alfie and Rosie Jones cutting the ribbon with Steve Coogan Buy this photo Janet Hall (matron) and Michael Jones with Alfie and Rosie Jones cutting the ribbon with Steve Coogan

Comedian Steve Coogan helped open an accident and emergency department for children.

The new unit at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton is the first stand-alone paediatric emergency department in the region.

Coogan was joined by young patients Rosie and Alfie Jones for the official ceremony yesterday (January 31).

Previously children have been treated within the adult A&E at Royal Sussex County Hospital.

Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs both hospitals, said: “Having listened to parent stories about bringing their children to the adult department and the impossibility of protecting them from the sights and sounds of a busy adult A&E, which are definitely more than PG-rated, we decided to transfer our young patients to a more appropriate paediatric setting.”

Patients in the new A&E are assessed within 15 minutes of arrival by a paediatric nurse. There is a six-bed observation unit next door and a waiting and play area.

Brighton-based Rockinghorse children’s charity and Sussex restaurant chain the Gingerman Restaurant Group have been active in supporting the opening of the new A&E.

The charity has used more than £18,000 donated by Gingerman to provide equipment, furnishing and new staff uniforms.

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12:58pm Wed 1 Feb 12

leobrighton says...

I must say I was shocked to read that until now children have had to use the adult A&E. Something I didn't realise before. When I visited one Sunday evening I found it a scary, threatening place with drug users and drunks all over the place and I'm a middle aged man.
I must say I was shocked to read that until now children have had to use the adult A&E. Something I didn't realise before. When I visited one Sunday evening I found it a scary, threatening place with drug users and drunks all over the place and I'm a middle aged man. leobrighton
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2:06pm Wed 1 Feb 12

righton says...

it has not made any difference to waiting time 5 hrs my son and i had to wait.
it has not made any difference to waiting time 5 hrs my son and i had to wait. righton
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1:10pm Thu 2 Feb 12

Thumper Hove says...

righton wrote:
it has not made any difference to waiting time 5 hrs my son and i had to wait.
But was your child successfully treated?? Surely having to wait but getting the right care is more important than you being 'inconvenienced'??
[quote][p][bold]righton[/bold] wrote: it has not made any difference to waiting time 5 hrs my son and i had to wait.[/p][/quote]But was your child successfully treated?? Surely having to wait but getting the right care is more important than you being 'inconvenienced'?? Thumper Hove
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