Because of you – Children’s Wards
Children’s Critical Care Room opens
Fundraising was completed for this appeal with the Corporate Lunch in October 2022. The room has been completely refurbished and is now in full use due to winter pressures. We look to officially open this room once its use has calmed down. Thank you to all those who supported.
Seema Sukhani, Paediatric Consultant and huge advocate of the room, quoted: “The stabilisation room has been an invaluable resource and a huge success!
“The building work was completed end of November and we started using it in the first week of December. Even though we had not had a chance to properly stock, there was huge demand during the winter respiratory surge! It has meant that we have a discrete and dedicated space to resuscitate patients.
“It was wonderful to hear direct and unsolicited feedback from one of our anaesthetists in a debrief, who fed back how much easier the room made a challenging scenario with many people (local and PanDR) finding equipment and help easily available in the right place at the right time.
“It was such an enormous effort to achieve this and worth every penny. Well done to you and all who made it happen and use it.”
Jane Jones has a special message.
With great thanks to Luton Sixth Form College, our Children’s Ward at Luton and Dunstable Hospital was able to purchase a Sensory Voyager.
This piece of equipment can be used from new-born to adolescent patients and has lots of fantastic functions to help stimulate patients whilst in hospital, and encourages them to communicate!
Riverbank Youth Space
With help of Bellway Homes and the Caravan Club, our Riverbank Ward at Bedford was able to create a ‘Youth Space’, a new safe space for our older/teen patients to use and enjoy, away from a clinic setting.
This space includes a TV where they can escape from their beds and have some time away from the ‘hospital setting’
Parents Lounge (Children’s Wards)
Thanks to fundraising and some generous donations from Sainsbury’s Bramingham, we have refurbished the Parents Lounge on the Children’s Wards. There is a new kitchen with a microwave and fridge, along with some comfy chairs for the parents to use.
This room gives parents a place to have something to eat and drink, whilst having some time away from the ward.
Magic Carpet Projector
The donation of a magic carpet projector made by the Wallace and Gromit Children’s Foundation has made a huge difference to the lives of many children and babies who are poorly or undergoing treatment at the hospital. The projector has surpassed our hopes and we have seen increased mobility in patients who have multiple and mental disabilities while using it. Children from babies to teenagers enjoy the different functions and themes. On a daily basis staff have used it as a distraction from treatment and to promote physical and sensory stimulation.
Riverbank Ward open their new play room
With special thanks to The Caravan Club and Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends. The play room at Bedford Hospital needed a major refurbishment as it was no longer fit for purpose. A new sensory area has been put in, more space has been created to accommodate crafts for older children and specialised cupboards have been fitted to store the much needed toys.