STRUCTURE: A purpose-built children’s A&E department has opened at Basildon University Hospital.

The new facility is part of a £17m expansion of the A&E department.

An ambitious fund-raising effort provided money for furniture, equipment and artwork to make the surroundings as cheerful and welcoming as possible.

The Polly Parrot Appeal, launched by the Trust in October 2010, raised £100,000 with the help of the local community and businesses, and hospital staff.

The unit incorporates sensory features to entertain and calm patients.