Supporting a Children’s Critical Care Room

The Luton and Dunstable University Hospital’s Children’s Ward is one of the busiest in the area.

Each year, a proportion of our patients who require inpatient care (approximately 150 per year) are very unwell and require intensive stabilisation. Currently, acutely unwell or unstable patients have to be resuscitated in open bays or cramped cubicles, which lacks privacy for the patients and their family and is distressing for other families and patients to see. It also creates a difficult working environment for our staff.

We are supporting clinical teams to raise funds to redevelop and refurbish an existing treatment room to create a new critical care room. This will provide a dedicated, spacious area which can accommodate a larger team with ready to access specialist equipment for resuscitation of a patient.

Dr Seema Sukhani, Consultant Paediatrician and Laurell Lockitt, HDU/Acute Nurse Practitioner said: “The addition of a paediatric resuscitation and stabilisation room within our Children’s Ward will make an incredible difference to the care we are able to provide to acutely unwell patients. The room will offer a safe and functional space for our clinical staff to work quickly and efficiently, and will provide much needed dignity and privacy for our patients and families. Please support Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Charity to raise money for this vital appeal.”

Staff cramped into small cubicle

Current space is not fit for purpose, with staff cramped into a small area