The Luton and Dunstable Hospital
The Children’s Ward at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital cares for around 10,000 babies, children and teenagers every year. The Ward is made up of 3 special wards ~ Squirrel Ward, Rabbit Ward and Hedgehog Ward, treating around 60 inpatients everyday.
Having to spend time in Hospital, whether it’s a day or a month, is not enjoyable for anyone but it’s particularly distressing for children. Various studies show that a positive healing environment can improve both the speed and quality of a patient's recovery by up to 10%. Children are most comfortable and relaxed when at home. By trying to recreate this homely environment and surround them by ‘normal’ things makes it much easier for them to settle in.
Our dedicated playroom, called The Treehouse, is home to lots of fantastic toys and equipment to help keep children of all ages and abilities interested and distracted. A team of play specialists encourage play and learning through games and activities and there’s a dedicated sensory area for those children with special needs. The Treehouse gives children time on their own where they can forget about the medical treatment they’re having and simply enjoy playing.
An enthusiastic team in the school room help those children who would normally be in school. By organising activities and working through the school curriculum it helps make sure that children are not missing out on their school work.
The team relies on generous donations to buy extra medical equipment, toys and other comfort items to make the children’s stay more fun and less distressing.
If you would like to find out more about the Children’s Ward or fundraising for other areas within the Hospital please feel free to contact the Fundraising Team on 01582 718 289 or email email@example.com
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