Local people are being given the chance to name a new unit at George Eliot Hospital.
The Paediatric Assessment Unit is due to open in spring 2013 and will offer short stay care for local youngsters.
The unit is part of a paediatric service redesign that follows a consultation into women’s and children’s services carried out by the Arden Cluster PCT earlier in the year. It will be located adjacent to the Accident and Emergency Unit.
Local people are being invited to suggest names for the new unit. Entrants should suggest a name and then, in no more than 200 words, explain why this name should be chosen. Entries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to ‘Communications Office, Lewes House, George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, College Street, Nuneaton, CV10 7DJ.
Hospital wards and departments are traditionally named after characters from George Eliot books, but the Trust is open to suggestions both traditional and a bit different, as long as it’s got a local theme. Five suggestions will be selected to go out for a public vote. The person who makes the winning suggestion will be invited to the opening of the new unit and will win a prize*.
*The person who suggests the name finally chosen will be invited to the opening of the new unit and also receive a prize of their choice – a collection of George Eliot books or a collection of Roald Dahl books.
More details on the changes to the paediatric service
The Arden Cluster PCT recently approved the outcome and recommendations of their consultation into women’s and children’s services in North Warwickshire. The PCT consulted local people on one option that will see the Trust retain maternity and special care baby services. However, inpatient paediatric services will be transferred from the George Eliot to University Hospital Coventry. The new short-stay paediatric assessment unit will be established at the George Eliot with a provisional opening time of 8am-10pm. This was the Trust’s preferred option of the six proposed prior to consultation.
George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust had acknowledged for some time that the service model currently in place is unsustainable in the long-term and the Board of Directors strongly believes that the new proposed model will allow it to continue to offer a high-quality, sustainable service that meets the needs of local people into the future.
At the time the outcome of the consultation was announced, Trust Chief Executive Kevin McGee said: “We are pleased that we can provide a new look paediatric service and continue to provide maternity and special care baby services from the site. The Board was always confident that it could continue to provide a high quality service and they fought hard to continue to be able to provide these services to local people.”