CHILDREN who get into scrapes now have something to smile about when they visit Frimley Park Hospital.

They are being treated in a new £400,000 accident and emergency unit designed specially for youngsters.

Incorporated in the unit is a waiting room play area, and murals depicting jungle scenes and seascapes. There are also baby changing-feeding facilities, assessment and treatment rooms, as well as a counselling-family room.

Surrey High Sheriff and actress Penelope Keith, who opened the unit last week, praised all those involved in the project.

According to Frimley Park spokesman John Skillicorn-Aston, the hospital treats 20,000 children a year for a variety of injuries and illnesses.

"We believe this unit will help to make their visit to hospital less of a daunting experience," he added.

The unit, constructed in a former equipment room, was partly financed by a £250,000 grant from the NHS budget.

Local fundraisers have so far donated about £70,000, towards a target of £150,000, to help equip the unit.