Children's A&E to be refurbished

MARK NICHOLLS The children's area of the accident and emergency unit at Norfolk's main hospital is set to close for two weeks for extensive refurbishment.

MARK NICHOLLS

The children's area of the accident and emergency unit at Norfolk's main hospital is set to close for two weeks for extensive refurbishment.

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital A&E is the busiest in the region, treating more than 72,000 patients a year. It has a separate waiting and treatment area for children but that will close from May 12 until May 24 to allow workmen to refurbish the area.

It is part of an ongoing refurbishment programme at the N&N that has already seen six wards refurbished.

For the two affected weeks, children will use a designated space in the main A&E waiting area and treatment areas have also been set aside within the rest of the A&E unit.

However, the N&N is reminding people that A&E is not the only option for treatment with other choices for treatment available every day of the year including weekends and bank holidays.

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They include the Norwich NHS Walk-In Centre, Dussindale, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich; the Cromer Minor Injuries Unit at Cromer Hospital in Mill Road.

The GP Out of hours service for when GP surgeries are closed, emergency NHS dental care, or NHS Direct 24 hours a day, seven days a week are available on 0845 46 47.

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