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Toys raise smiles at Rotherham’s new Urgent and Emergency Care Centre

23 Aug 2017 15:57:13
Pippa Padley

Rotherham’s new Urgent and Emergency Care Centre (UECC) is now a more comforting and interactive place for children thanks to a host of toys funded by the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity.

Visiting hospital can be a daunting experience for children and young people but the UECC children’s waiting area is now more welcoming following the addition of nearly £500 worth of toys.

Fundraising by patients, their families, volunteers and colleagues at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust means toddlers can practice their walking skills with mini walkers, play with fire engines, police cars, a car garage and mini farmyard animals while older youngsters can boost their team spirit playing table football.

Kayley Benham, of Thrybergh in Rotherham, visited the UECC in July with her one-year-old daughter Pippa Padley.

She said: “Having such lovely toys is really great because it makes visiting the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre much easier. It helps keep little ones occupied and their mind off whatever ailment they may have. It makes a hospital visit more homely too.

“It’s such a good thing that people raise money for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity so funds can be spent on things like this which really make a difference to patients and their families.”

The £12.2 million development at Rotherham Hospital opened its doors in July and brings together a number of teams and services to provide a wider spectrum of care in one location for people with an urgent or emergency care need. This means that the right healthcare professional will be able to treat, diagnose and discharge or admit patients as their medical needs require.

The new paediatric waiting area at the UECC already includes colourful, comfortable seating area, brightly painted walls and an activity table.

Sarah Atkinson, an advanced nurse practitioner at the UECC, added: “Visiting A&E can be a stressful time for children and their families but our new supply of toys really complements our comfortable and brightly coloured new paediatric waiting area. I’m sure they will be a huge comfort and useful distraction for some of our youngest patients. Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity – you have really helped us make a difference.”

For more information about how you can support the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity please contact Suzanne Rutter on 01709 426821 or email Charity@rothgen.nhs.uk.