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We’ve moved on to the new Ward 6!

02 December 2021

We have some amazing news – we’ve now moved on to the new Ward 6!   

Patients, families and staff at Sheffield Children’s have now officially moved into our newly refurbished cancer and leukaemia ward (Ward 6)!

Thanks to individuals, families, organisations, the Bears of Sheffield trail and everyone in between for supporting the fundraising for our brand new ward. We are so grateful to you all for making this happen! 

The new ward is bigger and brighter, with improved spaces for parents to stay with their children and a dedicated playroom at the heart of the ward for everyone to enjoy. The patient bedrooms will have a view of Weston Park opposite the hospital and include brand new televisions, more storage space and lots of things to help make it feel more like home.   

Maya is two years old and is currently receiving treatment for Leukaemia on the new Ward 6. Her parents said: “The rooms are great; we love that they have en suite bathrooms and their own fridges which mean we don’t have to leave Maya. The TV is also a big hit – it helps Maya feel like she’s at home.”   

Zakk, aged 7, is also receiving treatment on the new ward. He has stayed on both the old Ward 6 and temporary Ward 7 after being diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in 2019. Zakk’s dad, Craig, said: “The new ward is hugely different. Staff now have better facilities to be able to do their jobs the best they can, which makes the time in hospital a bit easier for the kids.”  

Emily, a nurse on Ward 6, said: “The new ward is a better setting for the children and their parents, and is more functional for colleagues. For example, the nursing station is right next to the drug store and each room has a hatch so we can collect samples in a more discreet way. We’re also now able to have a Vocera system – little radios we wear around our necks – which means we can ask for support from other colleagues when we need it. It’s a lot more efficient.”  

Our Oncology and Haematology department covers a population spanning an area from South Yorkshire through to Nottingham and Grimsby. The ward provides treatment for cancer and blood disorders in children from babies through to 19-year-olds in South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, and Lincolnshire. It also sees patients from across the UK for chemotherapy, operations, and bone marrow transplants.   

The new ward will help provide comfort and make things easier for families staying on the ward during their care, for many children this can be quite a long time. The amazing £2.75 million was raised by The Children’s Hospital Charity. Soon, there will be bespoke artwork for patients and families to interact with and enjoy thanks to the work by Artfelt, The Children’s Hospital Charity’s art programme which transforms walls and spaces throughout the Trust. PACT have also supported the effort by fundraising towards the new parent room.

Thank you to everyone that helped this happen!

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