The new centre will, for the first time in Salisbury, offer highly advanced children's facilities and medical expertise in a single location. Children's services are currently housed in outdated buildings, some of which were originally built during the Second World War. The new unit will be situated in the existing part of the main hospital building and is planned to open in 2010.
Dr Carl Taylor, Lead Paediatric Consultant said: "The new centre will provide care, treatment and therapy to over 6,000 children each year across Wiltshire, north Dorset and south west Hampshire. These children will benefit from first class, modern facilities, whether they need regular treatment for a serious illness such as cancer or cystic fibrosis, or need therapy for conditions such as cerebral palsy and Downs syndrome. Children who require inpatient treatment following an accident, routine operations and those being treated by the hospital's cleft lip and palate and plastics teams will also use the new facility."
Kathryn Skinner, Senior Sister on Sarum Ward said: "Coming into Hospital can be a very stressful time for children and their families. To have a bright, modern centre that is truly focused around the needs of the children, will make this difficult time more relaxing and enjoyable. This, combined with the new facilities and equipment, will enable my team to provide the best possible care for sick and seriously ill children."
The new centre will cost £4 million in total, with the Caring4 Kids Campaign covering the cost of extra facilities and equipment. These include parents' accommodation, dedicated long stay rooms for children with serious illnesses, indoor and outdoor play areas and a multi sensory room for children with disabilities. The Caring 4 Kids Campaign will also fund modern equipment for diagnosis and treatment.
Lisa Stratton, Chair of the Stars Appeal said: "The Stars Appeal is looking to local children, schools and children's services to get behind the Caring 4 Kids Campaign. We also need businesses to sponsor fundraising events, places to put collecting tins and charitable trusts to get involved. Supporters can raise money for specific parts of the new centre and there are many naming opportunities for major donors. We are also looking for more ideas to make the new centre as child friendly and welcoming as possible and asking former patients and their families to let us know what they would like to see in the new centre."
To obtain a fundraising pack or more information please contact Hannah Paye on 01722 429005, email email@example.com or visit the Caring 4 Kids section of www.starsappeal.org ends
Notes to editors:
The Caring 4 Kids campaign will be the biggest and most exciting challenge so far under the umbrella of the Stars Appeal and follows the success of the Little Lives and Keyhole Cancer Campaigns. These have already provided a range of specialist equipment including one of the most advanced keyhole surgery theatre suites in Europe.
For further information please contact:
Hannah Paye, Fundraising Co-ordinator, The Stars Appeal, Salisbury District Hospital. Tel: 01722 429005. www.starsappeal.org firstname.lastname@example.org