Patients with cancer and leukaemia often stay in hospital for many days or months at a time and being in hospital for that long can be very difficult for patients and their parents, brothers and sisters, and particularly for patients in isolation.
The Children’s Cancer Appeal is raising £250,000 to transform the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Bristol Children’s Hospital to create a new, integrated Children’s Cancer Unit. Together, the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and the Oncology Ward provide the very highest level of care to children with cancer and leukaemia from all over the South West. The new Children’s Cancer Unit will provide integrated care to the hundreds of children suffering from cancer who are treated at the Hospital each year.
Funds raised by the appeal will build a new conservatory and playroom giving long-stay patients such as Nina (pictured) the opportunity to see out over all of Bristol with views of the surrounding countryside. We also need to provide enhanced family facilities including a parents room and kitchen, as well as en-suites in patient bedrooms for children who are suffering from cancer and leukaemia.
Dr Jacqueline Cornish, Head of Division, Women’s and Children’s Services at UH Bristol and pioneer in the treatment of children with cancer, said:
“Children with cancer, leukaemia and those undergoing bone marrow transplants can spend many months at a time in hospital, often miles away from their homes. With your help, the Children’s Cancer Appeal will help us create a truly world class facility for children with cancer and the best possible environment whilst they are undergoing difficult and life-changing treatment.”