The building work involves major internal redevelopment within the main hospital and will mean that, when completed in December 2010, children’s services can be moved away from their current wartime buildings into first class modern facilities based on level 3 and 4 of the existing hospital.
Thanks to the support of the local community, the Stars Appeal’s Caring 4 Kids campaign has successfully raised £1 million to fund additional facilities for the unit which will benefit over 6,000 children each year across Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire.
The additional facilities will include parents’ accommodation, home from home rooms, therapy facilities for children with disabilities which include a multi-sensory room as well as indoor and outdoor play areas and an enhanced child-focused environment.
The Stars Appeal, which is Salisbury District Hospital’s charity, has recently launched the second and final phase of the Caring 4 Kids campaign to raise £500,000 to fund a dedicated children’s area within the Accident and Emergency Department and a Family Accommodation Unit for the parents and siblings of babies born prematurely or critically ill.
Luke March, Chairman of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust said: "It is fantastic to see building work start on this much-needed new Unit. The additional facilities and equipment funded by donations to the Stars Appeal’s Caring 4 Kids campaign will help make a huge difference to the thousands of local children and families that will use it."
Dave Cates, Director of Fundraising at Salisbury District Hospital said: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported our Caring 4 Kids campaign and ask them to please continue their support as we attempt to provide even more facilities for children and families in both the Accident Emergency Department and the Special Care Baby Unit."
Notes to Editors
The Stars Appeal raises money to create the best possible experience for the 300,000 people across South Wiltshire, North and East Dorset and West Hampshire who rely on Salisbury District Hospital. It funds extra care and equipment over and above that provided by the NHS. The Appeal benefits all wards and departments. It also raises money for major projects. Thanks to the generous support of the local community, the Appeal has already funded a number of projects, including special treatment and diagnostic equipment for premature and critically-ill babies and creating a highly advanced keyhole cancer surgery suite.
The Appeal’s current major project is the Caring 4 Kids campaign, which aims to fund a range of new facilities and equipment to make life better for thousands of local children in Hospital. These include:
- A self-contained family unit attached to the Hospital’s special care baby unit (NICU), which will provide parents' accommodation, play rooms and educational facilities for mums, dads and siblings. Currently, many parents face long journeys to visit their babies, but this much needed new facility will enable them to stay close at hand and spend vital additional time with their newborn child.
- A dedicated children’s waiting and treatment area for the thousands of children that attend the Accident and Emergency department each year.
Thanks to the support of local people, the Stars Appeal Caring 4 Kids campaign has already funded a range of extras including ‘home from home’ rooms, multi-sensory equipment and play areas within the Hospital’s new Children’s Unit that is due to open in December 2010.
For further information, please contact:
The Stars Appeal
Salisbury District Hospital.