A NEW Accident and Emergency unit created just for children is making hospital a less intimidating place for young patients.
The bright, airy new room within Ealing Hospital's main A&E with televisions and games designed to make them feel more comfortable and take their minds off being ill.
Television presenter Angellica Bell officially opened the unit on May 17. She was joined by her father and council leader Julian Bell as well as Ealing Southall MP Virendra Sharma.
Kay Larkin, head nurse for paediatrics, said: "The children were so excited to meet her. We had about 50 helium balloons hanging from the ceiling and all the children got to keep one and enjoy party food afterwards."
Ms Larkin said the new unit will make a massive difference. It has four beds for children who need to stay for a few hours before either being transferred to a ward or being sent home.
She said: "It's very important that children are seen and treated in an environment that's appropriate with staff trained in working with children.
"You can't have kids coming in to A&E and sitting with the adults coughing and spluttering and everything else they do. This is far better.
"We did have a very small area for children before but it was very claustrophobic, nothing like we've got now.
"Parents are delighted with it and so are staff.