Children's accident and emergency unit
At the end of January, Rockinghorse was lucky enough to meet local comedian Steve Coogan, who kindly joined us for the official opening of the children’s A&E department at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (The Alex). Children in Brighton and Hove who need emergency hospital treatment can now be cared for in an environment suited to their needs, at the first stand-alone children’s emergency department in the South East.
Thanks to generous support from Gingerman Restaurant Group, we provided suitable child seating in the main waiting areas, a separate area for young people, and new staff uniforms. The staggering £18,250 raised by the Sussex restaurant chain, along with an enormous donation of £9,200 from insurance company RiverStone Management Limited, meant that we could also provide two pain distraction units for the department.
These 3D screens reduce the pain and discomfort associated with treatment, helping to decrease the need for pain relief medication and enabling staff to carry out procedures and assessments more efficiently. Graeme Gordon, Paediatric Nurse at The Alex, explained the difference the units have made: “The pain distracters are already being used at every opportunity and have very much become part of our day-to-day practice in treating sick and injured children. They’re having an incredible impact on the care we can provide to children and their families.”
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