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Preview of New Children's Unit at Salisbury District Hospital for Stars Appeal Supporters 

Stars Appeal supporters will have an opportunity to see the new Children’s Unit at Salisbury District Hospital at a special ‘preview’ event on March 5.

The new unit will shortly be completed within the main hospital and children’s services moved away from older buildings into first-class modern facilities based on level three and four of the existing hospital.

Thanks to the support of the local community, the Stars Appeal’s Caring 4 Kids campaign successfully raised £1million to fund additional facilities for the new Unit, which includes home from home rooms, therapy facilities for children with disabilities, a multi-sensory room, as well as indoor and outdoor play areas.

Dave Cates, Director of Fundraising at Salisbury District Hospital said: "The new Unit is now close to completion and, as a thank you, we wanted to acknowledge the tremendous support and generosity of local people by holding a preview event. This will give our supporters an opportunity to see how we’ve used the £1million they have raised through the Caring 4 Kids Campaign and to view the new facilities prior to the children moving in."

The preview is invitation only. However, all Stars Appeal supporters are welcome to attend. Please contact Gemma Heath on 01722 429005 or email for further details and to obtain an invite.

Notes to Editors

Important notice for reporters and photographers:

There is an opportunity for reporters and photographers to cover the preview event. Please contact Patrick Butler (see details below) by Monday, February 28.

Salisbury District Hospital Stars Appeal

The Stars Appeal is Salisbury District Hospital’s charity. It raises money to create the best possible experience for patients and their families by funding extra care and equipment over and above that provided by the NHS.

300,000 people across South Wiltshire, North and East Dorset and West Hampshire, and beyond, rely on Salisbury District Hospital every year.

Thanks to the generous support of the local community, the Appeal has already funded many projects, large and small, throughout the hospital. They include:

  • additional equipment and facilities worth £1million within the new children’s ward and outpatient unit (opening Spring 2011)
  • a second lab in the Hospital’s Cardiac Suite enabling much interventional work, as well as diagnostics, to be carried out locally
  • a highly advanced keyhole cancer surgery suite
  • state-of-the-art treatment and diagnostic equipment for premature and critically-ill babies
  • additional therapy and facilities for patients with cancer and blood disorders on the Pembroke Unit
  • a major contribution to the new bereavement suite 
  • a dedicated children’s waiting and treatment area in the accident and emergency departmen

The Appeal’s current major campaign, Caring 4 Kids, aims to make life better for local children in Hospital by funding projects across all children’s services and is presently focusing on raising £350,000 to fund a Family Accommodation Unit for the parents and siblings of babies in the special care baby unit (NICU).

For further information please contact:

Dave Cates                                                                Patrick Butler

The Stars Appeal                                                        PR Manager

Salisbury District Hospital                                             Salisbury District Hospital

Tel: 01722 429005.                                                     Tel: 01722 425170

Page Last Updated: 08/05/2014 10:07 
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