A brand new ward designed uniquely for 11 to 16 year olds with complex health conditions including cancer, opened yesterday at Bristol Children’s Hospital, funded jointly by The Grand Appeal and Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT).
Designed by TCT, the ward has 14 bedrooms and has a welcoming home-from-home environment, with funky furniture, vibrant photographic wall designs, mood lighting, flat screen TVs and computer gaming facilities to help patients feel as comfortable as possible. It also features inviting social areas with games consoles and comfy sofas, and a glassed garden room with an amazing digital jukebox, designed to bring a little of the outside in. A dedicated parents’ room and kitchen area as well as treatment rooms and staff areas have also been created.
Our deputy director Anna says: “When the hospital opened in 2001 the Adolescent Ward was created with young people in mind, however the way young people interact has changed so much since then that it is great to see this reflected in the new ward designs. The new Ward 35 for adolescents looks amazing and we would like to thank the many donors from Bristol and the South West who have contributed to The Grand Appeal to make this funding possible.”
Watch the ITV news clip to learn more and hear Anna talk about the ward and hospital expansion.
Read more about the opening in The Post.