Jamie Redknapp opens new Children's Burns Unit at Essex hospital

PUBLISHED: 13:39 09 September 2010

From left, Jamie Redknapp, Pat Wade and  lead nurse Jo Myers cut the ribbon to open the new Children's Burns Unit at Broomfield Hospital

From left, Jamie Redknapp, Pat Wade and lead nurse Jo Myers cut the ribbon to open the new Children's Burns Unit at Broomfield Hospital

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A NEW state-of-the-art children’s burns unit has been officially opened at Broomfield Hospital by former England footballer Jamie Redknapp.

A NEW state-of-the-art burns unit dedicated to children has had its official opening at Broomfield Hospital – and former England footballer Jamie Redknapp did the honours.

Commissioned by the London and South East Burns Network, the unit, based at the St Andrew’s Centre in the hospital, opened a couple of months ago to patients. Previously, adults and children were treated together on the same wards.

The new unit – built at a cost of £1.7m – has eight beds and a dedicated team of specialist burns nurses, nursery nurses and play support staff to care for and support the children.

Consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Professor Peter Dziewulski, said: “I would like to thank the many people responsible for the planning, commissioning, building and opening of this wonderful new unit for children.

“There are many people who work extremely hard to make sure our young patients get the very best care and attention at St Andrew’s, but it is fair to say that it would be impossible without the devotion and care our nurses and support staff bring to the centre.”

Former Spurs and Liverpool midfielder Redknapp, his wife Louise and his dad, Spurs manager Harry, were at the opening last Thursday.

Celebrity couple Jamie and Louise are patrons of the Burned Children’s Club, a national charity supporting young burn survivors an their families. Pat Wade, a former nurse within St Andrew’s Centre, was the founding member of this group.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Jamie Redknapp said: “It is a privilege for me to be at the opening of such an excellent unit for the kids, and to meet with the consultants, nurses and support staff that provides such specialist care for them.

“We all know how much it can hurt when we get a minor burn or scold, so to see the youngsters here with such serious burn injuries, and the way they cope with them is really very inspiring.”

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