Cancer & Leukaemia Ward

Because for families home is where the patient is. 

You can help redevelop our Cancer & Leukaemia Ward, £2.75million

Our Cancer and Leukaemia ward treats children from babies through to 19 year olds, in South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire and even as far south as Northampton. The department is one of twenty principle treatment centres in the UK and also cares for patients who have other blood problems such as bleeding and inherited disorders. 

Around 25 bone marrow transplant patients are treated on our ward every year, staying for 6 to 8 weeks at a time in isolation. Patients who require routine Chemotherapy stay for 3 to 5 days before going home. Other patients can be treated for longer periods of time, sometimes over a year. 

What’s the problem with the ward?

Whilst the care received is world-class, the facilities are not. Children who suffer from cancer can develop post-traumatic stress disorder, but you can help relieve the tension and anxiety. We want to deliver a new home from home with space, privacy and natural light to make isolation a place of sanctuary and calm.

The transformed ward would create private patient rooms with en-suite facilities, giving our patients a place to make their own and space for a parent to sleep comfortably alongside them. The new design will also allow patients to take in the inspiring views over Weston Park.

The redevelopment will increase the ward footprint, with larger bed bays and more isolation rooms. It will also expand the space for children to play and more than double the size of the ward classroom; ensuring illness does not interrupt patients who wish to continue learning.

  • Isolation and individual bedrooms

    We don’t want our children to feel isolated when they are in an isolation room, we want to build them a bedroom which they can make into their own with space to play in and be with their family. Many of the bedrooms currently don’t have a view and when you are in isolation this can have an effect on your well-being. The new ward will maximise the view of Weston Park, making them feel connected to the outside whilst they are getting better. 

    Patient’s bathroom facilities are limited and parents currently have to go onto a different ward for a shower or a bath. This is obviously not ideal and can be stressful. Whilst care is the most important part of any patients’ treatment we want them to feel relaxed, at ease with everything they need around them. En-suite facilities would mean both patients and their family would have their own private space with everything they need, without having to walk down a ward.

  • 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 if you are poorly and in hospital, a distraction away from treatment will help a child have a better day.

  • Let’s support the parents so they can help their child through treatment

    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.

How to get involved

There are many ways you can get involved and help build a Helipad.

  • £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.