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Monday 17 June 2019
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Rachel Baird, Panda Unit Manager, Amelia Candland, and the ceremonial Mayor and Mayoress of Salford

Sensory space officially opened in Panda Unit

A sensory space providing a safe and calming environment for young patients at Salford Royal has been officially opened.

SicKids, a children and young people’s health charity working in the North West, provided the funding for the sensory space in the Panda Unit, which is the children’s Accident and Emergency Department at Salford Royal.

It is the second to be opened in Greater Manchester, the first was opened at North Manchester General Hospital in September 2017, and it has been designed by young people.

Sensory facilities are proven to support the development of the senses – like touch, hearing and sight – through special lighting, music, tactile objects and a calming environment.

The Salford sensory space was officially opened by Councillor Ronnie Wilson, the ceremonial Mayor of Salford, and special guest five-year-old Amelia Candland, whose electrician father helped install the equipment in the room.

Rachel Baird, Panda Unit Manager at Salford Royal, said: “We are thrilled to have this fantastic facility, which will provide a safe and calming haven for children who may have additional needs, such as autism, but also for those who are in distressing and frightening situations.

“This wonderful environment means we can continue to provide important treatment in a clinical space that just so happens to look and feel a bit different for our patients.”

The unique SicKids design process incorporates the co-creation of facilities by local children and their families, who have been involved with creative input and ideas to make the facility as welcoming, attractive and effective as possible.

Dianne Cook, Director of Nursing at SicKids, said the space will help staff deliver care to children with a learning or physical disability and added: “It will also make the environment much more welcoming for children who are frightened about coming to hospital.”

Councillor Ronnie Wilson, the Ceremonial Mayor of Salford, said:As a parent and grandparent, I have been no stranger to Accident and Emergency over the years. I know first-hand how important it is for young ones to have a warm, friendly, safe and engaging environment. This then occupies their minds and settles their fears and worries and is a place they are happy to be in.”




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The sensory space in the Panda Unit
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Amelia Candland looks around the new sensory space
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The Panda Unit sensory space