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East Surrey Hospital to have children's HDU

Gavin Fisher, Madison Baker and Joanne Farrell
Image caption Rockinghorse's Gavin Fisher with Madison Baker and Joanne Farrell

An appeal has got under way to raise £45,000 for a high dependency unit (HDU) for children at the East Surrey Hospital in Redhill.

It will cater for children who need more intensive observation and treatment than on a general ward, but do not need to be in intensive care.

Most high dependency children in east Surrey and north Sussex currently have to travel to London or Brighton.

The campaign is being run by Surrey and Sussex charity Rockinghorse.

'Wonderful boost'

The appeal for the new unit, which will be attached to Outwood Ward at the East Surrey, was launched last week by the Mayor of Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, David Pay.

"To have a designated space for high dependency care will be a wonderful boost," said senior staff nurse Corrin Perry.

"For children, not having to go up to London to the nearest high dependency unit will mean that families are able to be close by, which is clearly so important for any recuperating child.

"It is proven too, that children get better faster if they do not have to travel for the care.

"As a mother of two, I recognise how the whole family will benefit. It's clearly going to make such a difference for everyone."

Rockinghorse is one of the official charities of the Brighton Marathon and is entering a team of runners for the 2011 event.

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