Bradford Royal Infirmary’s children and young person’s wards are celebrating their first birthday with a special tea party.
The state-of-the-art facilities are part of the hospital’s new £28 million wing and include two paediatric wards, children’s clinical decision area, school room, play room and dedicated teenage lounge.
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says these new additions to BRI are making a real difference to young inpatients and their families in their first 12 months.
The tea party is being held on Friday 23 March exactly one year to the day that the wards opened and welcomed their very first patients. It may even involve a superhero or two!
Bradford Hospitals’ Children’s Charity organiser, Hayley Collis said: “As Bradford is now officially the youngest city in Europe with more under 16s than over 16s, these new facilities have been truly welcomed.
“In particular the regular patients who were patients in the old wards 16 and 17 are absolutely thrilled not only with the space the new unit offers, but the enhanced calm environment the large space provides. This in turn has had a positive effect for staff morale too.”
The addition of the multisensory room and the mobile sensory trolley which was completed recently has been particularly welcomed by patients and their families too – these have furnished with over £300,000 worth of additional equipment thanks to fundraising and donations from Bradford Hospitals Children’s Charity.
The assisted bathroom has been equipped with additional hoists, mood lighting and music allowing parents and carers to bathe children with special needs in a calm and serene environment.
Hayley added: “These facilities help to calm and relax our special needs patients, but they also include facilities for our physiotherapists to incorporate the use of this specialist equipment in rehabilitation.”