A year to make new cancer and leukaemia ward at Sheffield Children’s the best it can be
The Children’s Hospital Charity has launched the official countdown to funding the new £2.75m cancer and leukaemia ward at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
A detailed business case for the redevelopment has now been approved by the board at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, and contractors will now be appointed following a tender process and building work is excpected to begin next April.
The new ward will increase the number of beds to 16 and the number of specially filtered isolation rooms to six. It will also create a purpose-built break-out space for teenagers and young adults for the first time, while the play and school rooms will be relocated to the heart of the ward.
A parent room on the new ward is also being fundraised for by PACT (Parents’ Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia) which will be a bigger and brighter space, able to host coffee mornings and breakfast clubs when it is safe to do so. It will also act as a place on the ward for parents to support each other through what is often a difficult time.
A centre of excellence, the Oncology and Haematology department at Sheffield Children’s covers a population spanning an area from South Yorkshire through to Nottingham and Grimsby.
The ward provides treatment for cancer and blood disorders in children from babies through to 19-year-olds in South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire. It also sees patients from across the UK for chemotherapy, operations, and bone marrow transplants.
It is hoped the new space will be ready in 12 months’ time, yet how much the space can be improved will depend on how much can be raised in the intervening period.
Cat Powell of The Children’s Hospital Charity said: “We are delighted that with the approval of the board at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, the new cancer and leukaemia ward has moved another step closer.
“Today is rightfully a day of excitement and anticipation, the culmination of more than two years of effort. But our work is far from done. While a provisional timeline for the building work is now in place, the extent to which we can make the dreams of the patients, families and staff at Sheffield Children’s a reality depends on the fundraising over the next year.
“Put simply, what we can do depends on you. The plans we have outlined illustrate what is possible with your support. We can utilise the best of technology, take inspiration from best practice across the healthcare sector and deliver a space which meets the needs of families using it. We can match the incredible care provided, but the clock is now ticking.”
The renewed fundraising drive comes amid ongoing uncertainty. COVID-19 is set to cause significant fall of between £2.5-£3million in the charity’s projected income this year. Major events including organised runs and walks supporting the appeal have been rescheduled, while the charity’s city-wide public arts trail, The Bears of Sheffield and overseas Inca Trail Challenge have both been postponed.
Cat continued: “We understand these are difficult times for everyone, but if you are able to support us in any way, whether it is by planning a fundraiser, giving what you can this Christmas or even just telling a friend just how special Sheffield Children’s Hospital is, we would be very grateful.”
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