One of our main aims is to improve the healing environment in local hospitals for children being treated with cancer and life-limiting conditions.
Being admitted to hospital is very traumatic for children, and for their families. Research shows that the environment in which children are treated makes a huge difference to their experience in hospital, and can even have an impact on how well they respond to treatment. Whilst the NHS provides an excellent medical service, their restricted budgets do not extend to these types of projects, and that is where we can step in and make the most enormous difference.
We currently work to improve the hospital environment in Kingston Hospital, Epsom Hospital and St Peter’s Hospital.
We work closely with the medical team and hospital facilities teams to find out which areas of the children’s oncology departments are in need of improvement. We then work with leading designers to create an environment which calms and supports children. We aim to turn plain, clinical environments into child-friendly, positive spaces, using artwork, lighting, furniture and technology to distract children from the procedures they may have to undergo, and to relieve the boredom of long hospital stays.
We have already achieved incredible results in each of our partner hospitals, from refurbishing treatment rooms to providing facilities for parents. For more information on our successes to date, click here.