Rochdale UCC’s new sensory rooms welcomed

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Rochdale UCC’s new sensory rooms welcomed
22 August 2014

Last year the Urgent Care Centre (UCC) at Rochdale Infirmary opened the first of its purpose designed sensory/distraction cubicles for patients.

The room was the brain-child of Sister Jackie Gunn who is a nurse practitioner in the UCC and a trained paediatric nurse.

The new room is used to treat all children and some adults who have learning disabilities. It has widely been recognised that when a child is upset through pain or injury, employing distraction techniques can assist in a more settled and comfortable experience, not only for the child but also for their parents.

Over the winter the room became so popular as a part of the treatment plan of a child that a second one has been created. It has taken time to create the space due to the fundraising required to pay for items. This was seen by one of the UCC team, staff nurse Rabia Khanam, as a perfect opportunity to show off her artistic side.

Rabia, along with two colleagues, Shakira Akhtar who is also a nurse and Shabnam Akhtar who is a teacher, decided to decorate the second cubicle with a wonderful jungle themed mural, which they painted. They donated all the materials and their own time to create the masterpiece which has been gratefully received by the patients and team on the UCC.

Matron Lou Harkness at the Urgent Care Centre said:

“The decor is a perfect addition to the lamps, toys and projectors that aim to provide a more relaxed, calm environment for the younger patient group. We would welcome donations of children’s books not just for the younger age group but teenagers too. If anyone has anything they would like to donate then please contact the unit.”

The Urgent Care Centre is open 24/7, 365 days a year and run by experienced nurse practitioners and doctors. The unit opened in April 2011 and in that time has treated on average 4,500 patients per month. Staff can treat non life-threatening walk-in injuries and ailments which don’t require an A&E department, but can not wait for a GP or on-call doctor's appointment. Patients with very serious injury or illness (999 calls) are taken, usually by ambulance, automatically to neighbouring A&E departments or a specialist hospital, where appropriate.

More information about the services provided at Rochdale Infirmary, including the UCC, can be found at on our website and on a film available on YouTube.