The OurSpace Appeal was launched in 2011 to create a new state-of-the-art children and young people’s cancer unit at the Leicester Royal Infirmary.
Fantastic donors like you helped contribute to the £1.4 million we needed. We officially opened the unit on Ward 27 in February 2013.
Before this appeal young adults up to the age of 16 were being treated on a children’s ward and anyone over this age was treated on an adult ward with much older patients. Thanks to you, Ward 27 now includes 2 distinct areas with age-appropriate facilities for our young cancer patients.
The Teenage Cancer Trust invested £500,000 to create a five-bedded facility for 13-24 year olds within the unit, which they still support today. It includes a 2-bedded bay and 3 side rooms, all with en-suite facilities and air filtration. There is also a fabulous chill out zone, a quiet room and an adapted bathroom, designed for ease and comfort.
The other end of the ward houses the children’s side for 0-16 year’s including a 4 bedded bay and 3 side rooms. There is a colourful playroom with television and play station, a large bathroom and separate children’s treatment room, all designed with bright funky walls and matching furniture.
All patient beds have a sofa, chair or built in sleepover beds for families or friends to use.
The parents kitchen and dedicated chef kitchen created by the earlier Children’s Choice Campaign also had a face lift to fit in with the new designs and there is a dedicated joint treatment centre for in patients and day case patients adjoined to the unit.
Thank you, Leicester’s Hospitals could not have created this fantastic space without you!