Major Trauma Unit

We urgently need your help to build new facilities for our Emergency Department. Your support will help Sheffield Children’s continue its vital work in paediatric care, giving children the best chance to fulfil their potential.

We urgently need to build a new Major Trauma Unit

At Sheffield Children’s, staff on the frontline at our Emergency Department have been working 24/7, every day to battle the most complex illnesses and save lives. As a nationally designated Major Trauma Centre, they provide critical emergency care for children across the region.

Our ED sees more than double the patients it was originally built for. The redevelopment with double its size with additional space for treatment, play and waiting. A new, improved and larger resuscitation area will be built for major trauma patients who urgently need critical care. Whilst the care is exceptional the space available for treatment and for parents to stay with their children is limited. 

A new ED would provide dedicated spaces for patients with mental health issues, adolescents and children with learning difficulties. There will also be welcoming isolation rooms, a ward for observation or additional treatment before either going home as well as areas of calm to help any children who could be distressed.  

Every pound makes a difference and together we need to ensure our doctors and nurses have exactly what they want, when they need it to deliver the best possible care for our patients. 

  • Why do we need a new Emergency Department

    There is a desperate need for a complete expansion and transformation of the Emergency Department in order to meet the current needs of the children that visit. The unit can see over 300 children a day with limited space. The development will build 

    • a new, improved and larger resuscitation area for major trauma patients and the most critically ill children
    • create more space for children to play while they are waiting or are being monitored
    • additional treatment facilities with an onsite GP
    • an area of calm for children who visit with mental health concerns
    • isolation rooms which are welcoming
  • Redeveloping the Acute Assessment Unit

    The Emergency Department deal can treat patients who have highly complex or acute conditions. Redeveloping the AAU ward will create facilities which are exactly what the patient needs, whether they require a short stay for future tests, stabilisation, observation or treatment before either going home or going to a ward. If a patient needs isolation we can create a child friendly room for them with which isn’t scary and is built with children in mind. 

  • Help children feel safe

    Our Emergency Department can become very busy with limited space. A comfortable waiting area is essential as it helps relax our patients, which makes examining them that little bit easier. A very upset child will be hard to examine compared to a content one who has had something to play with.  

    A new ED would provide dedicated spaces for patients with mental health issues, adolescents and children with learning difficulties. This is a significant number of children who visit ED and our facilities don't currently cater for their needs.