Sheffield Children’s Hospital opens newly refurbished cancer ward

Written by James Wilson

After a community fundraising effort, Sheffield Children’s Hospital has opened a newly refurbished £2.75m cancer and leukaemia ward.

Ward 6 officially opened yesterday and was funded by community sources ranging from individual benefactors to the Bears of Sheffield trail.

A spokesperson for the hospital said: “The new ward is bigger and brighter, with improved spaces for parents to stay with their children and a dedicated playroom at the heart of the ward for everyone to enjoy.”

The new bedrooms have a view of Weston Park, brand new televisions and new furniture to help patients feel more at home.

Maya, a two-year-old leukaemia patient, has settled in well to her new surroundings on Ward 6.

Her parents said: “The rooms are great; we love that they have en suite bathrooms and their own fridges which mean we don’t have to leave Maya. The TV is also a big hit – it helps Maya feel like she’s at home.”

The new ward provides treatment for cancer and blood disorders from babies through to 19-year-olds across South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire. It also sees patients from across the country for chemotherapy operations and bone marrow transplants.

Emily, a nurse on ward 6, said the new setup makes her work a lot more efficient.

She said: “The new ward is a better setting for the children and their parents, and is more functional for colleagues. For example, the nursing station is right next to the drug store and each room has a hatch so we can collect samples in a more discreet way.”

Sheffield’s Children Hospital have thanked the Children’s Hospital Charity and the wider community for helping fund this development.

Written by James Wilson

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