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Money to be spent on children's unit - but rebuild ruled out
8:00am Sunday 3rd March 2013 in News
HOSPITAL bosses have allocated £400,000 for work to begin on improving its children’s and maternity units.
Basildon Hospital’s board of directors met this week to discuss options for the future of the unit, which could have included a £22.5million revamp of the department.
They decided to release £400,000, to get the plans rolling, but have ruled out a complete re-build due to a lack of money.
The plans were put forward after chief executive Clare Panniker ordered a report into paediatric care following the death of a ten-year-old girl after she was given incorrect medicine.
Hannah Coffey, chief operating officer at the hospital, said: “Clearly our strategy needs to address the glaring issue that our services should be configured in a way to deliver efficient care and comfortable surroundings to our patients in the paediatric department, which is currently substandard.
“The reality is, the works may cost a lot of money, but they have got to be implemented and there are some options surrounding what we can do.”
Ian Lurder, chairman of the Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Trust, added: “This is one of our highest priorities.
“As delightful as a completely new building would be we simply can’t afford that.
“We need to consider what is affordable, while taking into account both the clinical and patient needs.”
The current unit was described in the Panniker report as “cramped and cluttered” while there is a “sense of dis-organisation, with concerns regarding infection risks due to the layout”.