This specialist regional unit provides intensive care support to children aged up to 16 years from across Northern Ireland. Staff working in the unit provide care for the most critically ill infants, children and young teenagers. This investment will increase the number of paediatric beds from 8 to 12 beds and will enable more children to be treated. It will also reduce the need for children to be transferred to units outside of Northern Ireland.
Edwin Poots MLA, Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety said:
“I am committed to improving services to all patients in Northern Ireland, including the children who use the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children; I am therefore delighted with the announcement of this increase in beds at the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.”
Speaking at the January meeting of the HSCB Board, John Compton, HSCB Chief Executive, said:
“The Board is extremely pleased to be making this significant investment in paediatric intensive care. The increase in beds will enable more children to be cared for at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.”
Mr Brian Barry, Director for Specialist Hospitals, Women and Children’s Health, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, welcomed the investment:
“Belfast Trust is very pleased with the announcement of this investment. This will not only bring great benefits to Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children but this is also great news for the whole of Northern Ireland.”