Each year, Heartlands Hospital treats 56,000 children, and the Charity is aiming to improve the quality of the childrens areas to make the hospital experience more calming for children, complementing the excellent quality of care at the hospital.
With your help, Heartlands Hospital Charity will be able to renovate the relatives rooms, the garden and the Childrens Outpatients Department which will help to create a nicer atmosphere throughout the hospital.
Soon, some families will be able to stay in newly renovated relatives rooms for free, allowing them to be close to the ward where their child is being treated. The refurbished rooms will offer families a space to clear their heads, to shower and rest or even just have a cup of tea.
The rooms are currently very basic, but with your help, they will be a comfortable oasis of calm. With the support of hundreds of amazing fundraisers, the Charity will refurbish the childrens garden area, transforming it into a safe and fun area for children to spend time in the fresh air. The garden will be fully accessible, allowing children in bed to be outside and benefit from a change of environment.
The garden will also have an inside space for sheltered activities which will provide a comfortable place for children who are awaiting surgery. The space will lead to greater physical wellbeing for children, but will also offer staff the opportunity to speak to their patients in a nonclinical environment which may be more comfortable for some of the children.
With 13,500 patients visiting the outpatients department at Heartlands Hospital each year, there are so many children and families that would benefit from a refurbished space to wait in.
Once renovated, the department will include new treatment rooms, bright corridors, a waiting area with a TV, comfortable chairs and a large play area. This will benefit all of the children who visit the department, especially those with learning or behavioural difficulties as trips to the hospital can be distressing for them.
Sian Averill, Fundraising Manager at Heartlands Hospital Charity, said: The Charity is incredibly grateful for the support that it has received so far, and with your continued help, will be able to make life better for children and families who come to Heartlands. The nicer surroundings, toys and games, and the garden will make children feel more at ease, whilst the parents facilities will reduce stress for them at what can be a very tricky time.
None of this would be possible without your support; there are lots of ways that you can raise money to support the Childrens Appeal at Heartlands Hospital. Join one of the fantastic events coming up this year or set up your own fundraising event at work or in the community.