Artfelt – The Children’s Hospital Charity’s arts programme – is an ongoing project that creates colourful and engaging art in Sheffield Children's Hospital, by brightening the walls, making our children smile and engaging them in creative workshops - whether they are here long term or just for a few hours.
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. We always need funding to continue this invaluable work for our patients.
Play Areas New Wing - £50,000
Morag Myerscough, who designed the award-winning bedrooms in our new wing, is returning to enhance the Central Courtyard. Her scheme will provide chill out areas, seating, modern play equipment and a striking pagoda which can be used for performances in the summer or as a colourful shelter. Funded by the team at Method, the Courtyard will have additional plating which has been selected by patients to appeal to the senses and provide much needed access to nature.
Child Assessment Unit - £50,000
As part of the expansion of the Emergency Department, the Child Assessment Unit (CAU) will be moving to a new home in October 2019. Working with artist Kristin Texeira, Artfelt will create a feeling of softness and warmth within the clinical space. Using abstract colour and texture to complement the sensitive nature of the work. The project also includes three digital elements to provide interaction and distraction in the waiting and examination rooms.
Dentistry Suite and Recovery Room - £8,000
Artfelt will be extending its refurbishment work in Theatres and working with designers Thomas.Matthews on two recently decorated rooms in the department. The Dentistry Suite, which sees patients for dental work, and the Recovery Room, which is the last post-operative stop before discharge, will be transformed with shape and colour which complement Thomas.Matthews’ award nominated tangram project from 2016.
Ward 4 - £8,000
Ward 4 is a busy 20 bed medical ward which cares for children aged 0-4 years with a wide variety of acute and chronic medical conditions. Working with an illustrator, we will be creating artwork of a bright and friendly nature which is appropriate to some of our youngest patients.
Assisted Bathrooms - £8,000
We will be providing relaxing artwork for the bathrooms in our new wing, which already contain Arjo bathing systems funded by the charity in 2017. This is especially key for the burns bathroom which requires distraction for patients who are having their dressings soaked and removed before moving to the adjoining treatment room.
Play can be a very important part of treatment for children. As well as being used for fun it also creates distraction and can be used to describe or teach children about their treatment in a language they understand.
Our surroundings have a powerful effect on how we feel, and that’s especially important in a hospital, where the environment can influence the well-being and comfort for our patients and their families. Graham Royle, CEO of GRI Group who has match funded two Christmas appeals said, “The Children’s Hospital Charity is renowned for funding highly specialised technology for improving patients’ treatment but less well known for its hugely important investments in patients’ well-being. It is believed that relieving stress aids recovery, so the new play tower in the new of the hospital has massive medical benefits, as well as providing the children with lots of fun.”
At Sheffield Children's Hospital, a team of play specialists work hard to help make hospital stays that bit easier for our young patients. They work to provide entertainment, fun and distraction for children of all ages - taking their minds of painful treatments and breaking up long stays on the wards.
You can help build a new Helipad.
We need to get patients who urgently need critical care to our Emergency Department as soon as possible. It really is the difference between life and death.
Sheffield Children’s Hospital is the designated Major Trauma Centre for children in South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw providing a service for a population of over 375,000 children and young people.
Children and young people arrive at the Emergency Department either by self presentation, road ambulance or air ambulance. In 2018 15% of arrivals were by air ambulance that is around 1-2 per month. Currently air ambulances can only land in daytime hours, because there is inadequate lighting in the park. A helipad on the rooftop would allow patients to be brought outside of daylight hours, which may increase the number of children brought to Sheffield Children’s Hospital particularly in winter months where daylight operation hours for air ambulances are very restricted.
The current arrangement for HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Services) in transporting patients to ED is to land in Weston Park opposite the hospital. This landing site presents certain challenges to the safe transport of the child to ED and is far from ideal and some HEMS operators refuse to land in the park as a result.
Landing at the Northern General and transferring patients by ambulance to our hospital is no longer an option. A helipad would mean patients can land anytime with flood lighting. When the weather sets in, the new helipad would have electric trace heating incorporated into the deck to ensure that ice and snow do not disrupt the continued use of the facility during periods of inclement weather.
Sheffield Children’s Hospital Emergency Department, which is also a Major Trauma Centre serving South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire, sees around 60,000 children come through its doors every year with every possible problem imaginable. As the population of Sheffield and the region has grown, so has the demand on our services. The department was originally built to see around 32,000 patients a year, and is now in desperate need to be expanded to meet the current needs of the children that come to us with illnesses and injuries. We want all the children and families who attend our department to not just receive the best care but also to have the best experience.
Coming to hospital can often be stressful for all, the patient and their family. Not having a seat to sit in our Emergency Department or having to arrive in Weston Park by helicopter, cross a busy road with everyone watching is something we can improve on.
You can help ensure that what we build and deliver, meets the exact needs of children and their families.Your support will make a difference not just to the care that children receive but the way that they receive it. We want children who come to us for treatment to have the best possible experience, delivered to them by a team who has everything that they could possibly need to give children and their families what they need in the way that works best.
Ward 6 formerly M3
Ward 6 formerly M3
Ward 6 (formerly M3) is where we care for children and teenagers with cancer and blood disorders; it is the Principal Treatment Centre for children with cancer and leukaemia from babies through to 19 year olds within South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Derbyshire. Patients travel from as far south as Northampton for treatment at our special hospital.
The ward has 14-beds unit, six of which are isolation cubicles for children who need to be isolated to prevent infections, for example bone marrow transplant patients. There are also four day beds so some children can receive day case treatment on the ward.
The facilities are currently tired and cramped, with little natural light or space for a parent to sleep next to their child. Bathing facilities are not available on the ward and whilst the care the patients receive is world-class, the facilities they receive it in could be better.
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 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 patients feel connected to the outside whilst they are getting better as well as create privacy and make isolation a place of sanctuary and calm.
You can help make it better.
We fund pioneering research to make it better
As part of The Children’s Hospital Charity’s mission to make it better, we fund vital research which the NHS does not cover – helping to provide the very best healthcare for children.
The Children's Hospital Charity has partnered with Sheffield Hallam University's Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) with a commitment to invest £50,000 into a Feasibility and Proof of Concept Fund. The purpose of the scheme is to fund technical concepts in aspects of children and young people's treatment that are:
- Designed to improve child health outcomes;
- Able to be developed into a product or service with commercial potential;
- Able to secure future funding.
Project proposals are to be sent to the charity by the end of May.
With the help of charitable donations we were able to open a brand new Clinical Research Facility – the first of its kind in the UK. The facility is key to bringing together doctors, nurses, students and other health professionals together to develop pioneering work in a range of areas such as bone disease, genetics and cancer.
We have committed to fund over £250,000 research every year to ensure future generations receive the very best health care – through better treatment, better diagnosis and better treatment.
So far in 2018/19, we have funded the following research project:
Dr Priya Narula: "What is the prevalence of cytomegalovirus infection in our paediatric population with severe colitis?"
Patient entertainment systems
Patient entertainment systems
On surveying parents and patients, 73% wanted a Bedhead TV with the option to use a mobile device with WiFi.
The cost of each system is around £3,000 and the charity provided funding for 72 units in the new wing of the hospital. The project is now extended to fund systems in the remaining wards, which is 75 units, giving each child the ability to choose their own entertainment during their stay in our hospital.
So far we have raised enough to fund 28 units, the cost including the infrastructure is £3,000 per unit.
Every year we fund life-saving equipment to keep Sheffield Children's Hospital at the forefront of paediatric care. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters we can keep our hospital’s specialist services special, by providing equipment that goes over and above the NHS provision. Over the years, The Children’s Hospital Charity has donated millions of pounds worth of ground-breaking medical kit and machinery to ensure every child we treat receives the best possible care. But we will never stop wanting better for our children, so we will never stop needing your help.