Artfelt

Artfelt

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

Play

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.

Major Trauma Centre

Major Trauma Centre

Shhh… we’ve got a new appeal coming soon, but we’re telling you a little early because we need your help!

Our hospital is one of only four paediatric major trauma centres in the UK. Children come from all over the region for specialist care in our Emergency Department and the quicker the patient can get to use the better. Air ambulances currently land in Weston Park, so pilots have to consider the picnicking public as well as the patient. If we could find somewhere just that little bit closer for them, the difference for patients and their families could be life-changing.

Can you guess what we want to build with your help?

Emergency Department

Emergency Department

Shhh… we’ve got a new appeal coming soon, but we’re telling you a little early because we need your help!

Our Emergency Department is the front door of our hospital, it is now seeing almost twice as many patients it was built for due to the renowned quality of care at our hospital.

We need to redevelop the Emergency Department to help reduce waiting times, increase privacy and more space would also allow patients to play while they wait, easing the stress for everyone. We will tell you more very soon, we promise! 

Principle Treatment Centre

Principle Treatment Centre

You may have seen that our amazing new wing opened recently, which was only made possible by your support. We want to carry on building world-class facilities to match the world-class care already received on our wards.

Some of the patients who require the most care and attention are on the Oncology and Haematology ward, where we care for children with cancer and blood disorders. Patients here often require protective isolation to prevent infections, such as after bone marrow transplants. 

Can you guess what we want to fund here with your help?

Research

Research

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.

Equipment

Equipment

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.