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Children can be at the art of new A&E
GREAT Western Hospital is launching a competition to get local children to come up with ideas for decorating their new children’s Emergency Department.
Last month, building work began to transform the current department at the hospital involving a complete refurbishment and the creation of a new dedicated children’s unit.
The new design will mean that children coming in for emergency treatment will have their own waiting and treatment area with private cubicles. The aim is to provide families with a more calm and child-friendly environment, away from the busy general waiting area for adults.
As part of the refurbishment, the Emergency Department team want local children to help them come up with ideas for decorating the cubicles once the children’s unit is built. Victoria Brown, Head of Service for Unscheduled Care at GWH said: “We would like children from the local area and schools to draw some pictures based on their favourite children’s book, or favourite TV character for example, and with the help of a local artist we will then bring their artwork to life and use their ideas as inspiration to decorate the cubicles within the new children’s area.
“Children can often be worried or scared when they have to come in for emergency treatment, and we want to provide a more calm, friendly and colourful environment for them.
“It will be fantastic to have input from children in the local area to help us decorate our new children’s unit and make it extra special. “We are all excited about the competition and look forward to seeing the entries.”
To enter, children must be aged between five and 16. All children need to produce one piece of artwork on A4 paper based on either their favourite book, TV character, film, animal or sport.
Entries are limited to one entry per child and can be posted to Communications Team, Trust HQ Floor 2, Great Western Hospital, Marlborough Road, Swindon, SN3 6BB.
All artwork must have the name of the child, their age and contact details of their parents/guardian, along with a brief explanation about their drawing.
Any work submitted without these details will not be entered. It is not possible to return any of the artwork submitted.
Entries must be submitted by October 18 and winners will be announced in December.
For any questions about the competition and how to enter email email@example.com or contact 01793 604431.
Meanwhile, work is currently ongoing in the department, and Consultant Rana Nag is encouraging members of the public to consider other avenues before A&E .
“We see roughly about 210 or 220 patients every day but some days it has been known to reach over 280 patients in a 24 hour period so you can imagine how busy it can be,” he said.
“If you think your problem can be dealt with by other avenues of health care provision like the general practitioners or the walk-in centres then please try to access them.”
l The Adver’s Making it Better appeal is aiming to raise £20,000 to help furnish the children’s ED. To donate visit http://www.justgiving.com/ gwh-ed-appeal
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