Children and parents will now benefit from a new outpatients department at Burnley General Hospital, part of an £18m. redevelopment of the site.
The new children’s outpatients department in the Wilson Hey unit has nine consultation rooms, two treatment rooms, two weighing rooms and two waiting areas.
Kevin McGee, chief executive of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “It is our absolute priority to provide excellent facilities and outstanding patient care, and the new children's outpatient department will have a huge impact on our patients’ experience.
“The new department is fantastic for patients and staff, and once again demonstrates the Trust’s long-term commitment to Burnley General Teaching Hospital and the young people of East Lancashire.”
The new children’s outpatient facilities include an extra waiting area to assist parents and children on busier days.
Mum Rachel Titley and son William were the first visitors to the new department and arrived to be presented with flowers and a gift voucher by staff.
The new department has been built next to the Children’s Day Case Surgery (Ward 27) and incorporates key changes to improve the patient’s experience.
Parents and children have the freedom to move around the brightly decorated department with a main 40-seat waiting area featuring boldly coloured furniture, large screen TV and plenty of toys to keep young patients entertained.
Artwork is still in progress and staff plan to involve children in deciding which theme the new facilities will adopt.
Relocation of the children’s outpatients means work can start on new and improved chemotherapy and breast care units at the hospital.