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.
Find out more in our Artfelt section.
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.
Our Giggle Doctors bring fun, magic and smiles to the wards of Sheffield Children's Hospital, proving that laughter really is the best medicine. Donning colourfully decorated white coats, unusual hair styles and plenty of sparkle, the doctors engage the many children who pass through the hospital doors each day in fun and games, sing-alongs, balloon making and more - to help take patient’s minds off their treatment.
We need to get patients who urgently need critical care to our Major Trauma Centre, Emergency Department as soon as possible. It really is the difference between life and death - the first 60 minutes are critical.
Helicopters currently land in Weston Park and patients are then transported across a busy road before entering our Emergency Department. As you can imagine, there are added complications to consider in the park such as the weather, events which may be place, even crossing the road which requires a police escort - all of which can mean the helicopter carries on to Leeds or Nottingham who have a Helipad.
You can help fund a helipad which will change a child's life.
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.
Child Assessment Unit
Child Assessment Unit
The unit provides a full paediatric assessment to children and young people where safeguarding concerns have been raised or where the opinion of a specialist paediatrician has been sought. Our service deals with physical, sexual and emotional abuse and where there are concerns of neglect and has been available since 2013. It is an impartial place for medical professionals, South Yorkshire police and social services to help young people at what can be a life changing part of their life.
Our Child Assessment Unit is the first and remains the only dedicated standalone paediatric unit in the UK. Between April 2017 and March 2018 491 children visited the unit in our hospital. 267 children and young people were seen for child protection cases, 141 child undertook medicals and 83 children were looked after by the sexual assault team.
The department’s physical environment and size is no longer fit for purpose. Relocating will result in significantly improved facilities, providing additional clinical space. Currently if a child protection clinic is running and the clinical space is being used, we have to delay a sexual assault referral and cannot see that child until space becomes available. Increased clinical space, including an additional consultancy room and examination room will mean our most vulnerable children will not need to wait.
A new and improved forensic suite will be built separately from other clinical environments. A dedicated therapy space, with a viewing room will help bring calm to what is most likely a very stressful time. We want to bring positive distraction through the use of ceiling art and installation supporting the patient assessment process by promoting relaxation, reducing perceived discomfort and enabling the engagement of all age groups. This could additionally benefit the Criminal Justice process, a key consideration for many families.
The new area would improve ventilation in all rooms, something that has been raised via patients, police and social care teams. A sensitively conducted examination can have a therapeutic as well as investigative purpose, providing reassurance that starts the healing process for many victims of sexual abuse. We need to improve the environment patients receive the care in; making something so personal and invasive a place to feel safe, relaxed and well cared for.
With your help we can build a brand new facility for these vulnerable children, creating a place to play and have fun at what will be a very difficult time. We want to make the clinical more comfortable with bright art, interactive and distracting toys.
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.