Two new vital units added to Southend University Hospital’s emergency department (A&E)
16 March 2015
A new self-contained area for children attending the hospital’s emergency department (A&E) for treatment has now opened as well as a new clinical decision unit (CDU) which will be used to review adult emergency patients in a less clinically acute area with more attention to surroundings and patient comfort.
The Paediatric Emergency Department (PED) has
four dedicated paediatric bays with a separate triage room,
providing a specialist area for children to be cared for in line
with Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health best
Lucy Russell, senior sister paediatrics, who will be running the
department, said: "The PED means children can be cared for by the
appropriate people at all times. It maintains safety as well and
children are seen very quickly in an appropriate
"We will deal with everything from minor injuries such as a cut
to the head to acutely unwell conditions such as breathing
problems. The PED also means we can build a better relationship
with Neptune Ward because we will be transferring directly from
"It exciting really and I'm hoping it's a win-win all round: the
children will be at ease and have toys to play with; the parents
are happy and the nurses and doctors are happy as it will take
pressure off the main A&E department."
Clinical Decision Unit (CDU)
The CDU will be used to review emergency adult patients in a
less clinically acute area with more attention to surroundings and
This is used particularly for patients who are most likely to go
home but may need an extended length of stay for more than 4 hours
to complete their treatment or investigations.
This enables the patient to be discharged safely without the need
for formal admission to a ward whilst also ensuring the treatment
and after care have been sorted thoroughly.
The Clinical Decisions Unit (CDU) within the emergency
department is now open daily between 10am and 10pm. The CDU is
located in the former AMU ward and can be entered via the corridor
that leads to the emergency department waiting room.
IMAGE: Senior Sister Lucy Russell Paediatrics in the new
Paediatric Emergency Department (PED).