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Dedicated paediatric area in Canterbury Hospital Emergency Department

Staff celebrate upgraded Canterbury ED

December 2020

Dedicated paediatric area in Canterbury Hospital Emergency Department

Dedicated paediatric area in Canterbury Hospital Emergency Department

Children and their families will now experience a more comfortable environment when receiving emergency treatment at Canterbury Hospital, with staff today celebrating the $6.5 million upgraded Emergency Department.

A purpose-built paediatric area in the Emergency Department features a dedicated waiting area with a play space, seven new treatment spaces, a resuscitation area, specialist isolation area and separate amenities for young patients and their families.

Canterbury Hospital's Emergency Department provides care for more than 45,000 patients every year and 25 per cent of them are children.

"More than 11,500 children present to the Canterbury Hospital Emergency Department each year with a range of illnesses and injuries including broken arms and legs, breathing difficulties or other traumas," Dr Teresa Anderson AM, the District's Chief Executive said.

"Any parent knows that a visit to the Emergency Department with their child can be an anxious time. The new paediatric area provides a friendly, welcoming and calming place for young people and their families while they receive their necessary care.

"Importantly, the expanded Emergency Department also provides improved facilities and services for the growing local community," Dr Anderson said.

She joined the hospital's General Manager Kiel Harvey and key staff including Medical Services Director Dr Eileen Rogan, Executive Clinical Director Dr John Sammut and Emergency Department Director Dr Laura Hutchinson for a special morning tea.

To mark the occasion, three Simon Fieldhouse artworks, depicting staff, patients and their families at the hospital's Emergency Department, were also officially unveiled.

The construction project also included a new entrance to the Emergency Department and upgrades to the existing waiting room, triage area, ED Short Stay Unit and Fast Track areas.

A new Medical Records Department has also been built to allow room for the Emergency Department redesign.

More than 175,000 people live in the Canterbury area and two-thirds of the community come from multicultural backgrounds.

"Our staff have worked exceptionally well to deliver excellent patient care despite a significant increase in patient numbers," Kiel Harvey, the Hospital's General Manager, said.

"The upgraded Emergency Department will help us to continue to provide high quality health services that meet the changing needs of our growing community," he said.

The NSW Government provided $4 million in funding for the project.

Work began in April 2019. The Emergency Department remained open and fully functioning during the 18-month project, while managing the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic at the same time.

The hospital is also home to range of clinical services dedicated to children and young people including a special care nursery, paediatric ward, community health centre, a Tresillian family care centre, and an after-hours general practice service plus a range of ambulatory care services to meet the needs of the local community.

The Hospital also provides a range of clinical services including surgical and medical sub-specialties such as general surgery, anaesthetics, ENT, orthopaedics, urology, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, emergency medicine and critical care, general medicine, endocrinology, cardiology, respiratory medicine, rheumatology, diabetes and endocrinology, nephrology and neurology, geriatric medicine and palliative care.

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