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Supporting a Children’s Critical Care room

The Luton and Dunstable University Hospital’s Paediatric Department 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 is also creates a difficult working environment for our staff.

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Charity is supporting clinical teams to raise funds to redevelop and refurbish an existing treatment room to create a new resuscitation room. This will provide a dedicated, spacious area which can accommodate a larger team with ready to access specialist equipment.

Staff cramped into small cubicle

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

Why is this project needed?

Resuscitation of a paediatric patient can often take a number of hours. Having a fully equipped resuscitation room on the paediatric ward will allow these patients to remain on the ward so that nursing staff are not re-deployed to other areas (including ITU and theatres) to provide ongoing care for these patients.

Most importantly, in our current set up, critically ill patients are resuscitated in the open bays on our wards or in cramped side rooms. This can be very distressing and worrying for other patients and families and lacks privacy and dignity for the critically ill patient and their family. A dedicated resuscitation room would enable all patients and their families to receive the best possible treatment and care, whilst ensuring complete privacy.

Dr Seema Sukhani, Consultant Paediatrician reflected on a previous experience, to highlight the importance of having a dedicated resuscitation and stabilisation room: “A 12 year old girl with a severe chest infection needed further support for breathing. Due to the lack of space, the initial stabilisation was carried out at the bedside, located in the middle of the bay. Despite use of curtains to separate bed spaces, stabilisation of a seriously ill child in the open bay area can be frightening and traumatic for other patients and families to witness, especially if they require invasive procedures or cardiac compressions.”

Staff working in a spacious area

The refurbished room will provide a spacious area for the team to care for critically ill patients

Please support our appeal to create a dedicated children’s critical care room

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Charity need to raise £78,000 to enable the hospital to create a fully equipped paediatric resuscitation and stabilisation room. This project will have an enormous impact on the care provided to acutely unwell young patients and their families.

Dr Seema Sukhani, Consultant Paediatrician and Laurell Lockitt, HDU/Acute Nurse Practioner 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.”

Spacious treatment room to be converted

Spacious room to be converted