Cancer & Leukaemia Ward

Because for families home is where the patient is. 

In this unprecedented coronavirus pandemic, many of us have experienced for the first time in our lives the difficulties of social distancing, shielding and isolation. For many families of young patients staying on our Cancer and Leukaemia ward, these are daily realities of their treatment.

Our Oncology and Haematology department treat children from babies through to 19-year olds, in South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and as far south as Northampton. One of twenty principle treatment centres in the UK, we care for children with cancer and leukaemia as well as patients who have other blood problems such as bleeding and inherited disorders.

While many of us are able to distance in our homes, children are still receiving treatment on our ward in facilities which could be better. The care and attention from the doctors and nurses is second to none, but the facilities for the young patients do not match the quality of their treatment.

This is important because treatment often takes long periods of time. Around 25 bone marrow transplant patients are treated on our ward every year, staying for six to eight weeks at a time in isolation.

Even patients who require routine chemotherapy can stay for up to five days before going home, while sometimes other children may need care for over a year.

For many of our families home is wherever their child is, together we can create a new home which caters for all ages and will help some of our most vulnerable children in our society.

Cancer & Leukaemia Ward (Ward 6) £2.75million

  • Why do we need to develop the ward?

    Our vision for a brighter future

    Together, we can create a new home from home for our patients, with space, privacy and natural light to make isolation a place of sanctuary and calm.

    With your help, we can build single patient rooms with en-suite facilities, giving patients a place to make their own, with room for all their toys and space for a parent to sleep comfortably alongside them.

    The new design would see more patients benefit from the welcoming views over Weston Park, with larger bed bays and more isolation rooms. Increasing the ward footprint would also expand the space for children to play and more than double the size of the ward classroom.

  • School and playroom

    Some of our patients who stay on this ward can be with us for months at a time. Being able to go to a classroom or play in a playroom gives them some normality and could help them not fall behind in their school work. We all might think we would love not to go to school but a distraction away from treatment will help a child have a better day.

    The development will bring the classroom and playroom onto the ward with more space and up to date facilities. 

  • Support parents and carers

    Treatment and care is centred on the patient but parents also keep them going and give them emotional support and constant encouragement. This development will give parents their own room so they can support each other whilst they look after their children.

    The new ward will create a kitchen for parents to use and a welcome relaxing area they can relax in without being far away from their child. 

  • Dining room

    The redevelopment will give the ward more flexibility with additional room and space to create communal rooms. Creating a dining room is one of the planned initiatives so patients can sit at a table with their family and all eat together, instead of in their bed

  • £8,500 could fund enhanced ensuite facilities

    Building single bedrooms and isolation rooms with en-suite facilities will help create privacy for our patients and their parents. 

  • £2,000 could fund a new bed unit for single bedrooms

    In our new wing children are sleeping much better as they have a private bedroom which is aiding them to get better quicker and therefore leaving hospital sooner. They feel relaxed and clam in a home from home environment with ensuite facilities and a parent bed right next to them. We want to bring this to our Cancer &  Leukaemia Ward. 

  • £1,000 could fund a drop down parent bed

    You can help support the parents, so they can support their child. Parents need to get as much sleep as our patients.

  • £500 could help make the clinical more comfortable

    Our surroundings have a powerful effect on how we feel, and that’s especially important in a hospital, where the environment can influence wellbeing and comfort for our patients, visitors and staff.

  • £200 could fund teaching aids

    Some of our patients could be in hospital for months and going to school brings some normality to their treatment and everyday life.