Eighteen East Yorkshire firms have helped hospital staff transform a children’s ward in time for Christmas.
Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has been given a £10,000 Christmas present by local companies to provide a new nursing base and medical treatment room on Ward 130 at Hull Royal Infirmary, which cares for the city’s sickest children.
Construction teams have worked hard to ensure the new areas are completed in time for Christmas. As well as managing the project, members of the Capital Development team also collected presents to hand out to children who were on the work while the work was taking place.
Julia Harrison-Mizon, Operations Director for family and women’s services, said: “Thanks to our Capital Development team, we have excellent relationships with the companies in the city and they did not hesitate to offer their help when they heard about our plans.
“We are extremely grateful to them for stepping in to offer their services for free.
“Thanks to them, we have been able to complete this work in two weeks, just in time for Christmas, minimising the disruption to our patients, visitors and staff.”
Staff on the children’s ward on the 13th floor of the tower block were keen to create a new nursing station for writing up confidential notes or having confidential conversations about patient care as well as a new medical treatment room.
Senior Project Manager Lee Appleton and Senior Project Support Officer Amy Lockyer of the trust’s Capital Development team entitled the venture “Project Christmas” and approached local contractors to see if they could help.
Lee said: “We received an overwhelming response from contractors who agreed to devote their time and expertise, as well as resources, for free.
“Some companies donated painting supplies while others installed new pipework, a new sink and flooring, new LED lighting, new worktops and cupboards and telephone, IT and office equipment to help nursing staff on the ward.”
“We now have an area where staff can have sensitive conversations about patient care in private areas and we’ll be able to keep noise to a minimum to benefit patients.
“The new area has been designed to mirror our adult wards which helps nurses and doctors who move between wards because they will know where everything is kept.”
Trust staff would like to thank
*Complete Diamond Drilling
*Brian Fells (Leven) Ltd
*We are the Office
*Hobson & Porter
[Allison Coggan – Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust]