A WARD to meet the complex needs of cystic fibrosis patients was officially opened at the Northern General Hospital by actress Jenny Agutter.
With 12 individually decorated en-suite rooms, including bedside computers, the £2.4m unit has been designed to help patients feel more at home and to give them a sense of normality, as they often need to stay in hospital for several weeks at a time.
It follows a £1m appeal by Sheffield Hospitals Charity, which raised about £400,000 in donations from readers of the Sheffield Telegraph’s sister newspaper, The Star.
Jenny Agutter, who is patron of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, opened the ward, which is part of the Sheffield Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre, on Monday.
Dr Frank Edenborough, consultant physician in respiratory and adult cystic fibrosis medicine at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, said: “I know how much this ward means to our young patients who find it much less intimidating than staying on a conventional ward and how much they appreciate the attention to detail in reducing the risk of cross-infection that is different from general medical patients.”
Michael Blackett, who has benefited from the ward, said it made the prospect of hospital “far less daunting. Having your own private space, with care on hand when you need it, makes a huge difference.”