The development of a new wing of Sheffield Children’s Hospital is part of the strategy to position the Trust as a highly specialised paediatric centre. This investment in facilities and infrastructure will provide world-class facilities within which Sheffield Children’s can continue to deliver treatment of the highest quality, enhancing both the experience of patients and their carers and, for staff, clinical functionality. Investment has been made in a £40m capital scheme to improve facilities, including the provision of three new wards, a new outpatient department and a new front entrance, along with new and better facilities for families and carers of patients. There will also be two new operating theatres built with a new intraoperative MRI to meet the growing numbers of patients and the increased complexity of treatments.
The hospital re-development project has been secured by approval of a £25m loan from the Foundation trust financing facility. Funding for other Capital projects will be secured through continued strong financial management.
New Outpatients Department now open
The new Outpatients Department opened in November 2016. The improvements include:
- spacious waiting areas
- larger and brighter consulting rooms
- self-service check-in when you arrive
- call screens to call you to your appointment
- new outpatient x-ray room
All these changes will improve the experience of children, young people and their families when visiting the Outpatients Department, in fact within days of opening we received several positive comments from visitors:
"Just visited the new OPD with my son. It's much lighter, brighter, bigger and better than the old cramped dark waiting room. Well done. The new car park across the road is great too."
"Absolutely loved the new look Sheffield Children's today. The staff handled the change over professionally and it looked amazing. Job well done!"
"Very impressive it is too, unbelievably different. Well done on having so many helpful staff on hand too!"
About the new building
In addition to the new Outpatients Department the new building will include:
- modern wards and facilities
- priority car parking
- a new main reception area
- a stunning iconic play tower
- a high percentage of single rooms providing en-suite facilities for parents staying with their child
- an inner court yard play area
- a drop off point outside
The new wing project team have worked closely with planners to ensure that the new design remains in keeping with the local area.
Most of the finance for the project is from Government funding but this is a joint scheme that is being partly financed by The Children's Hospital Charity who are aiming to raise £10m.