New Paediatric Emergency Department opened by Princess Royal

Simon Weldon, Group CEO with HRH The Princess Royal who unveils a plaque to open the unit – pictured with flower girls Hazel and Kia Stimpson.

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal officially opened Northampton General
Hospital’s new Paediatric Emergency Department on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.

The £2.9m new facility – which has been built over the last seven months – will
improve care for the 28,000 children who require hospital emergency department
support each year.

The Princess Royal arrived at the hospital and was received by the Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire, James Saunders Watson. Her Royal Highness then met senior hospital leaders, clinicians, volunteers, and key NHS partners involved in the county’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, before moving onto the department itself.

There she had a tour of the new building and met the clinicians and staff that run the
department before unveiling a plaque to officially open it.

Northampton General Hospital’s Urgent Care Matron, Michelle Coe, said: “It was a
great honour, and very exciting, for our team to welcome The Princess Royal to
officially open our fantastic new Paediatric Emergency Department.

“For children and young people, and their families, the new department creates a
dedicated, safe, child-friendly environment, in which to receive the help they need
during times of illness or injury.

“It has its own entrance, which is entirely separate, and is a huge improvement on
the previous paediatric area which only had three rooms and was located inside the
hospital’s main ED.”

Nurse Manager for the department, Kerry Marriott, said: “It is so much better.
“It is purpose-designed, light and airy, and has a range of great facilities including
some new additions such as a dedicated injuries assessment area, a safe area for
patients presenting in mental health crisis, a high dependency bed space, and a
private feeding room.”

Other facilities include a dedicated triage room, three waiting areas (one of which is a
separate space for adolescents), four trolley assessment spaces and six assessment

Northampton General Hospital’s Chief Executive Heidi Smoult, said: “This is an
important new facility for the hospital which will help us to deliver paediatric care in
the right dedicated environment.

“We were deeply honoured that The Princess Royal agreed to open the department
and this was a great morale boost for staff in the department, and indeed the whole
hospital, after all of the difficulties of the Covid pandemic.

“The new department will help us to provide the right kind sensitive care for children
and adolescents and means our hard-working staff have a much-improved working environment.”