Building a 'Home from Home' at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
The Sick Children's Trust has launched a new £1.6m appeal to build new family accommodation at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in Stanmore, North London.
The RNOH is one of the top three centres for the treatment and diagnosis of complex and rare orthopaedic conditions. The RNOH treats approximately 2,000 children as in-patients every year for complex spinal injuries, sarcoma, spinia bifida, cerebal palsy and congenital limb and spinal deformity.
The hospital is to undergo major redevelopment to improve it’s buildings and facilities. Family accommodation is a key element of this redevelopment.
A 'Home from Home'
Many children are referred to the RNOH by their local hospital who are unable to offer the complex treatment they need so children often have to travel a long way from home and need prolonged and traumatic treatment. 40% of children receiving treatment at the hospital have travelled more than 30 miles from home.
Our ‘Home from Home’ is to be situated in the hospital grounds in a new building called Princess Eugenie House, along with the Matt Hampson Unit for spinal injury rehabilitation and the limb fitting and recovery unit.
Each bedroom will have a direct telephone link to the paediatric wards so that parents can be contacted at any time of the day or night should their child’s situation change.
The house will provide a comfortable, calming and relaxing retreat for parents and siblings away from the clinical environment, as well as a homely place for young patients to visit as part of their rehabilitation and recuperation.
‘Homes from Home’ are arguably as fundamental to the wellbeing of children and their families in hospital as any other aspects of a child’s medical and nursing care”
18 en-suite family bedrooms
a large, open-plan kitchen/dining area
full laundry facilities
Dr George Rylance, Consultant Paediatrician
Can you help?
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