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Young artists to help open new children’s observation unit

Published 18/07/2014
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Talented young schoolchildren will see their work displayed on the walls of a new children’s observation ward at Derby Hospitals.

The youngsters were picked as winners in a contest held among local schools to find artwork to be used in the newly-constructed Paediatric Observation Unit at the Royal Derby Hospital.

Dozens of entries from three age groups were put forward, and the winning images have been framed and displayed on one of the unit’s walls.

Four-year-old Ava Tooth, of Lawn Primary School was the winner in the 1-5 age group; nine-year-old Starr Bell, of Chaddesden Park Primary School took the prize in the 5-10 category; and 11-year-old Kim Sibanda, of Cotton Farm Primary School, won the 10+ group.

The children have now been invited to officially open the Paediatric Observation Unit, inside Children’s A&E at the Royal Derby Hospital, on Tuesday, July 22 at 2pm, where they will be joined by the Mayor of Derby, Councillor Shiraz Khan.

The five-bed unit cost £160,000 and the work has been paid for by the Derby Hospitals Charity.

Gisela Robinson, Assistant Clinical Director of the Children’s Emergency Department, said: “This new observation unit is helping children who are likely to need less than eight hours observation avoid being admitted as an inpatient, which can be distressing.

“Instead, they can now go directly to the observation ward which is staffed by the same children’s doctors and nurses that work in the children’s emergency department. 

“This means that families will get to go home sooner and makes sure they see the same familiar faces for the whole of their stay.“