A hospital trauma unit in Southampton, which treats children from the Isle of Wight, has unveiled new state-of-the-art facilities.

The project, which took 12 months to complete,  is one of the south's two specialist units.

Staff in the University Hospital Southampton ward look after around 1,200 children, caring for everything from broken bones to those having life-changing surgery and they support families living with cerebral palsy and neuromuscular disorders. 

The 1970s-built unit now has a new ventilation system, six ensuite bathrooms, larger patient
bays and pull-down beds for carers, which means a more comfortable overnight stay for parents.

It also features a solar system mural on the walls.

£1.64 million was raised to help fund the upgrade.

Isle of Wight County Press: The new ward features larger bays for families.The new ward features larger bays for families. (Image: NHS)