NNUH Jenny Lind Paediatrics Theatres Complex opened
The new £8.6m Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Jenny Lind Paediatrics Theatre Complex has been opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony supported by its very first patients.
Ronnie Cooper and Henriette Johnson, held the ribbon for NNUH Clinical Lead Caroline Banson to cut, allowing everyone into the new complex which consists of a twin paediatric theatre suite, a recovery unit and associated staff and patient supporting facilities.
The centre opened at 7.30am on Tuesday 9 January, with full lists being run in both theatres.
NNUH Chief Executive Nick Hulme said: “This is a major development for paediatrics at the N&N. Not only will this unit provide the very latest equipment, it will do so in an environment which is vibrant, engaging and welcoming for our younger patients and supports our ambition to be a leading provider of specialist paediatric care in the East of England.”
Caroline said: “It is a big day for all of us and I would like to thank everyone involved who has helped us reach this point. I am really proud of the unit, which has been created very much with our younger patients at the heart of our decision-making. It also provides a much better working space for our teams.”
Thanks to a £160,000 grant from N&N Hospitals Charity, both theatres have audio-visual equipment installed, ensuring that these new operating facilities can be used for training and education, recording, conferencing, improved digital documentation and improved visual clarity for the whole team.
Part of the grant has also paid for engaging artwork by Norfolk artist Toby Rampton and Norfolk storyteller Amanda Smith, who has provided a narrative to run alongside the artwork.
NNUH Clinical Lead Caroline said: “We are extremely grateful to the charity for this grant as artwork like this really transforms a unit which has a younger audience.”
Julie Cooper, Norfolk & Norwich Hospitals Charity Head of Grants, said: “We are extremely pleased to see how donations to our charity have made it possible for enhancements to be made to the new surgical theatres for the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital. We hope that the installation of the wonderful artwork by Toby Rampton and words by Amanda Smith have made the hospital environment a friendlier place for children and families at what can be a very stressful time. “We also look forward to seeing how the audio-visual equipment that we have funded for each of the new theatres will enhance the ability to train and develop NHS staff for many years to come.”
The new team will carry out theatre procedures initially over five days a week, including orthopaedics. The opening of this new complex will also provide additional capacity to theatres more generally as paediatric patients will now move out of general theatres to be treated in these new facilities.
Sustainability is also high on the agenda with Consultant Paediatric Anaesthetist Dr Amy Greengrass leading the way. The team will be continuing with waste segregation to reduce emissions from waste and aim to use cylinders of nitrous oxide (gas and air) to avoid leakages and waste of a potent greenhouse gas known to be associated with piped nitrous oxide.
- To find out more about the N&N Hospitals Charity or to make a donation online please visit nnhospitalscharity.org.uk
- If you prefer, you can send a cheque made payable to N&N Hospitals Charity, marked Jenny Lind on the back, to Charity Hub, East Atrium L2, NNUH, Colney Lane, Norwich, NR4 7UY.