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Nurse’s support for children’s appeal
05 March 2018

A senior nurse at our hospital is encouraging the public to throw their weight behind an appeal to raise £2.5m towards a new-look children’s department which she says will make an “immense amount of difference” to patients and their families.

Kate Stockton, senior nurse for children’s services, says the improvements planned for the Bergholt Ward and children’s outpatients will help staff meet increasing demand while also providing a more friendly and welcoming environment for everyone coming to the unit.

The work would see the whole department completely remodelled and refurbished, new play areas added, the number of clinic rooms and en-suite bedrooms increased and a two-bed high dependency area and separate dining room and teenage spaces created.

The Ipswich Hospital Charity launched the fundraising appeal two weeks ago, and is now hoping as many people as possible will support the campaign and help make the dream of a new children’s department become a reality.

“This project is much-needed and such positive news for the hospital,” said Kate, who began her career at Great Ormond Street Hospital and joined the team at Ipswich in 2010. “It will make an immense amount of difference for staff and will completely transform the look and feel of the whole area.

“Up until now, we have worked hard to try and fit the service around the space we have got, but the area just doesn’t do what we need any longer – we have completely outgrown it as the number of children coming into hospital is increasing at such a rate.

“Although our staff are continuing to provide the highest standards of care, doing so from an environment which is no longer really fit for purpose undoubtedly brings challenges.”

Kate said the changes would have a significant impact on the hundreds of families who visit the hospital each year, with the new layout and signage helping them find their way round more easily and the upgraded facilities improving their experience of receiving care.

“Children can be understandably very anxious when they come into hospital, as they can worry about where they will be sleeping, what will happen to them and who may be in the cubicle next to them,” she added. “It doesn’t help if the environment isn’t up to scratch, and can cause a lot of parental anxiety as well.

“The changes we are planning will make the whole area brighter, lighter and more welcoming. It will be a much more positive environment which will make a big difference to the experience which patients and their families have when coming into our hospital.”

For more information about the appeal, to offer support or fundraise towards the £2.5m total cost, contact the Ipswich Hospital Charity on 01473 702929, email charity@ipswichhospital.nhs.uk or visit www.ipswichhospitalcharity.co.uk/childrensappeal