Emergency Department

We can't wait for a new waiting room. 

You can help make a change for the better with a new Emergency Department, £4.5million 

Sheffield Children’s Hospital Emergency Department is a Major Trauma Centre, helping up to 200 children a day from South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire deal with every possible problem imaginable. As the population of our region grows, so does the demand on our ED.

The department was built to see a maximum of 32,000 patients a year but now sees 60,000 patients. Our treatment is among the best in the UK, but our facilities do little to ease the anxiety felt by children and families at what is often a stressful and scary time. We want everyone who attends our department to not just receive the best care but also to have the best possible experience.

Why we can’t wait for a new Emergency Department?

You can help build a new Emergency Department, creating space and privacy so that children receive care in the most appropriate setting.

Every child who arrives at the Emergency Department is seen by a nurse in a Triage Assessment room. When it is busy, a treatment bay is used as a temporary triage area. With your help, we can create two dedicated triage areas so our nurses have a permanent space with everything they need, whenever they need it.

The expanded department would also see the waiting room expand to four times its current size, with more treatment, consultancy and examination rooms.

It will also see more isolation suites for any patients who may have conditions such as meningitis. Built with children in mind, they will ensure children get their own space and privacy.

  • Why we can't wait for a new waiting room

    When our Emergency Department is busy queues can lead outside the door with little or no space for parents and patients to sit and wait to be seen by a doctor or nurse. Expanding the department with a larger waiting area, space to play and a dedicated entrance only for ED will make a huge difference to the overall experience of visiting our hospital. 

  • You can help fund an additional triage assessment room

    We want to create two dedicated triage assessment rooms so that our nurses can assess our patients as quickly as possible. Currently when our Emergency Department is busy we use a treatment room as a triage room, so you are still seen as quickly as possible but we want to create a permanent space where our clinicians have everything they need as soon as they need it. 

  • You can help expand our Emergency Department's clinical space

    Charity funding facilitates the best possible services to be developed. Your support will make a difference not just to the care that children receive but to the way that they receive it. We want children who come to us for treatment to have the best possible experience, delivered to them by a team who has everything that they could possibly need.

    Currently if a patient comes to our ED with mental health problems they could be in a bay next to a patient with a broken arm. Both patients are just as important but both require very different care. We want to build appropriate space for appropriate treatment without having to ‘make do’ with what we have. 

  • You can help redevelop our Emergency Department, so it is there if you need it.

    The department was originally built to see a maximum of 32,000 patients a year but now sees 60,000 patients. The space is now in desperate need to be expanded to meet the current needs of the children that come to us with illnesses and injuries. We want all the children and families who attend our department to not just receive the best care but also to have the best possible experience.

How to get involved

There are many ways you can get involved and help build a Helipad.

  • £1,000 could fund a place to play with toys in a new waiting room

    Graham Royle, CEO of GRI Group who has match funded two Christmas appeals said, “The Children’s Hospital Charity is renowned for funding highly specialised technology for improving patients’ treatment but less well known for its hugely important investments in patients’ wellbeing. It is believed that relieving stress aids recovery.”

  • £500 could fund distraction aids during treatment

    £500 could fund artwork in the examination bays and in the waiting rooms, making the clinical more comfortable. Artwork creates a talking point for our patients, giving them something to focus on when we need to examine anything from a broken arm to calming a patient down. 

  • £200 could fund space

    There is no way of knowing when our Emergency Department is going to busy, but you could help make it that bit better if you do need to visit. 

    Often queues reach outside the door with no space to sit down. Your donations will help bring space, when you are waiting for treatment in the waiting room as well as in a treatment bay. 

  • £50 could fund a chair!

    This doesn’t seem like much and isn’t about treatment, it is about making the environment you are in that little bit better. If you have to wait for a period of time, with your child, in a busy waiting room with no chairs then that is not a nice experience. You can help create somewhere to sit and try to relax while waiting to see a clinician.