Southampton Children’s Hospital, part of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, has relaunched its paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) following a £1.5m renovation project.

The hospital now has five isolation cubicles which will be used to provide treatment and care for critically ill children.

The project will continue emphasising on enhanced infection prevention measures as its priority post covid.

Renovation developments feature a new ventilation system, aluminium screens, new flooring, and motorised blinds.

Furthermore, the unit has integrated hand wash stations, and every cubicle is equipped with double-glazed aluminium doors.

Doctors and nurses of the hospital played a significant role in the design of the 475m2 facility, which is claimed to be the sixth largest facility in the UK.

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This facility treats around 800 children annually, from acute life-threatening diseases to severe infections and injuries.

With the expansion, life-saving treatment is expected to be delivered under one roof with advanced equipment, improving the treatment’s speed.

This includes a double isolation cubicle including Getinge Moduevo Bridge, a space-saving unit featuring medical supplies for nurse stations, ventilation machines, and monitors.

The Getinge Moduevo Bridge will be fixed in the ceiling and covers every bedside area. This will free up the floor space to keep cables off the floor and space to keep the equipment.

Furthermore, the additional space allows two patients to be treated in the same room simultaneously.

This is expected to streamline workflow and enhance efficiency and productivity. The room can also be converted into an emergency operating theatre when in need.

University Hospital Southampton deputy chief medical officer Freya Pearson said: “The renovation of this unit is a proud moment for the Trust and our charity partners who have helped fund this amazing project.

“We are already leading the way in delivering world-class care, including cardiac, neurological, spinal, and neonatal surgery, as well as major trauma treatment.

“This refurbishment and the first-class facilities it brings with it will enable us to continue to deliver the highest standards of care and ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients.”

The renovation project has been funded partly with the help of charities Friends of PICU, Southampton Hospitals Charity and The Murray Parish Trust.