A FUNDRAISING drive has been launched to refurbish the accident and emergency waiting area at the Sick Kids.
Hospital bosses need to raise £25,000 to pay for the improvements – and are calling on Evening News readers to help.
It’s thought that one in four families in the Capital has used the area and it is estimated that 100,000 children will visit the A&E before the new hospital opens in Little France in 2017.
Plans for a refurbished waiting area at the current site have been drawn up in consultation with hospital staff, play specialists and parents.
They want the area to be able to cope with the high volume of visitors expected, whilst distracting young people of all ages waiting to be seen by medical staff.
Susan Veitch, mum-of-one and regular fundraiser with the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, visited the area in May this year and immediately began making plans to help refresh the room for visitors.
Susan said: “I took my ten-year-old son Archie to the Sick Kids earlier this year after he injured his knee. The care he received was fantastic. However, he was a little bit anxious about being in hospital and there wasn’t a lot to distract him with, and as a result his stress levels increased and so did mine.
“It was quite busy at the time and there were just not enough seats for everyone. I thought there must be something that the Sick Kids Friends Foundation can do to improve this area for everyone and the resulting designs have completely exceeded my expectations.”
Inspired by the calming, natural greens of the forest, it is hoped the first waiting zone will soon include a plywood tree signalling the “tree-age”/triage area and other decorative tree fixtures where children can place their artwork.
In the corridor, visitors will be greeted by a colourful flooring dotted with all the colours of the rainbow.
These tones will also be replicated on the doors, with each assessment room taking on a different colour to allow parents to easily navigate around the busy department.
At the rear of the A&E department, the second waiting area will take on a tranquil sea theme, inspired by the Friends Foundation-funded fish tank that currently sits in the room.
Angela Newton, senior designer at Space Solutions, said: “We created a design that will promote a calming environment for the thousands of people who are likely to attend over the next two years.”
Roslyn Neely, chief executive of the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, said: “With some fantastic plans and designs now in the pipeline, we need £25,000 for this worthwhile project and would urge anyone who has visited this space with their little ones to make a donation towards this appeal.”
n To help, text SKFF15 to 70070 followed by the amount you would like to donate, for example SKFF15 £5.