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New children's waiting room opens at Harrogate A&E

Harrogate A and E kids waiting room

6:44am 19th July 2018

For the first time Harrogate District Hospital's Accident and Emergency Department has a dedicated children's waiting area. 

It's been built through funding from NHS England, which has been used to improve the way patients are seen in A&E. 

The children's waiting area has been stocked with toys and games to help make the hospital more welcoming for young patients. 

Sharon Sleightholm, Lead Nurse in Harrogate District Hospital's Emergency Department said: 

"This area features toys and games for young people, plus a beautiful images of balloons all the way along one wall, and 'natural' light from a ceiling display.

"A trip to the Emergency Department is never fun, but can be especially frightening for a pint-sized patient. The newly decorated and dedicated area in our Emergency Department is aimed at making the department a little less scary for our young patients and their families.

"This area will make a difference to the thousands of children who attend the department each year  - we see on average 600 children per month."

The funding has also been used to build a new assesment room. This area will be used for what's known as 'streaming', where staff will direct patients to the most appropriate service based on their clinical need. 

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