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Kate Stockton, Hannah Page and Sarah Smith
Help us to build a new children’s department
16 February 2018

The work would see the department, which is made up of the 24-bed Bergholt inpatient ward, a children’s outpatient department and a short stay paediatric assessment unit, completely remodelled and refurbished. Patients and their families have been involved in helping to draw up the plans, which include:

• Increasing outpatient clinic rooms from six to 14, with dedicated spaces allocated for specialist clinics such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis and physiotherapy
• Creating separate entrances for the outpatients and inpatients departments
• Adding multiple break-out play areas to give all children the chance to play
• Refurbishing the outside play area

On the ward:
• En-suite rooms will increase from one to four and side rooms from seven to 10
• Dedicated teenage / young person spaces will be created
• The total number of beds will increase from 24 to 26, while more isolation cubicles will be available
• A two-bed high dependency area will be created
• More space will be provided in bays for specialist equipment and so that parents can stay with their children
• A separate dining area will be introduced so that patients can eat away from others who may be nil by mouth or have an eating disorder

The Ipswich Hospital Charity is now appealing for businesses and individuals to give the appeal their backing by helping raise vital funds towards the total cost of the project, which would take place in phases over the next two to three years.

Sarah Smith, children’s matron at the hospital, said: “We are delighted to launch our children’s appeal, which aims to create a modern, welcoming environment which matches the high standards of care which our patients receive.

“The new-look department will significantly improve the facilities available to our staff and help them to continue meeting increasing demand for our services while maintaining their focus on delivering a gold standard of care for every single patient.

“Our new-look department will be beautifully illustrated with a Suffolk farming and countryside theme so that it reflects our local area, stands the test of time and appeals to children and young people of all ages.

“We’d encourage anyone who is thinking about holding a cake sale, arranging a sponsored walk or challenging themselves by running a marathon to consider supporting our children’s appeal and helping our dream become a reality.”

For more information about the appeal or to offer support, please contact the Ipswich Hospital Charity on 01473 702929, email charity@ipswichhospital.nhs.uk or visit www.ipswichhospitalcharity.co.uk/childrensappeal