Rugby's new hospital unit means less stress for kid patients and parents - The Rugby Observer

Rugby's new hospital unit means less stress for kid patients and parents

Rugby Editorial 12th Nov, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

HOSPITAL visits for young children will be less stressful on patients and parents thanks to the opening of a new unit in Rugby.

The Hospital of St Cross in Rugby has moved its children’s outpatients department into a new home – meaning the hospital now has a standalone children’s facility for the first time.

The unit can offer more appointments, with one-stop services for certain conditions, meaning children can see a consultant or specialist one after the other instead of making separate appointments, saving parents from taking children out of school for multiple hospital visits.

Paediatrician Dr Karen McLachlan said: “We’re so excited to move into the new outpatient facility at the Hospital of St Cross. It’s a huge opportunity for us to offer even more services for local children, and improve their experience during hospital visits.

“Our next step is to give our new clinic rooms and waiting area a colourful makeover for our young patients.”

Laura Miller, whose son Luca, 3, attended the clinic at the new outpatients unit said: “Luca started visiting Children’s Outpatients three years ago after he was diagnosed with a peanut allergy.

“The consultants and nurses at St Cross have always been really helpful but now it’s great they’ve moved into their new facility, as it’s much better for kids and families.

“It’s brilliant being able to have these local services for families, and now there’s so much more space in the waiting area and the clinic rooms.”

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