Emergency Department

We urgently need to build a new facility for our Emergency Department

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.

The coronavirus pandemic has seen our NHS heroes step forward to go above and beyond to protect the most vulnerable members of society, including children.

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.

They have also been carrying out all emergency children’s surgery that would have taken place at surrounding hospitals across Yorkshire and beyond, to support them through this unprecedented time.

Yet our staff do so in an Emergency Department which sees double the patients it was originally built for. In times of social distancing, it is essential the staff as well as patients and families have the space they need and not add further stress to an already trying time.

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. 

  • Visiting during the Coronavirus Pandemic

    Our Emergency Department remains open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Please visit for the Trust website for guidance and please limit visitors to a maximum of two per patient. For the safety of our patients and staff, visitors must not attend if they feel unwell or have flu-like symptoms.

  • Building a bigger 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. Normally the unit sees 58,000 children each year however the department was built to accommodate 32,000.

    The development will build a new, improved and larger resuscitation area for major trauma patients and the most critically ill children, so it is there when it is needed most.

    A bigger ED will create more space for children to play while they are waiting or are being monitored. Play also helps a child take their mind off an injection or stitches they need. 

  • Help children feel safe

    The Emergency Department is an essential service open 24 hours, 365 days a year dealing with everything from a broken finger to a bleed on the brain. Every donation will help build a facility that tailors care for each child.

    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 and be distracted. 

  • 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. 

  • Dedicated treatment space for patients with mental health issues, adolescents and learning difficulties

    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. 

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Due to the fall in fundraising as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Sheffield Children’s will receive less charitable funds this financial year. It is essential we do not allow the wellbeing of children and young people to be adversely affected with a long delay in developing the hospital’s facilities.