Jaqui Copley, a haematology patient on the new ward
A £300,000 Sheffield Hospitals Charity donation has given a huge boost to patient care
The charity has funded furniture, artwork and other patient comforts designed to make the new private rooms at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital’s haematology department a ‘home from home’.
A rapid rise in the number of people needing complex treatments for blood cancers and other disorders at the hospital has prompted the need for an extra 17 single rooms to be built where patients can undergo difficult treatment in isolation, protecting their weakened immune systems with rooms providing increased privacy and peace.
Charity bosses met with patients, families, staff and support groups to design the rooms.
Large windows provide a much-needed link to the outside world, bespoke artwork and mood lighting improves the feel of each room and extra-comfortable reclining chairs aid circulation to reduce bed sores. Additional built-in storage helps to keep the rooms tidy, while personal fridges, safes and cupboards also allow patients to bring their own belongings during treatment.
Further funding has provided Wi-fi, televisions, games consoles and DVDs to help break the monotony of treatment for patients.
David Reynolds, director at Sheffield Hospitals Charity, said: “The desire to enhance the patient environment is in recognition of a growing body of research which has found that the ward environment may help to positively influence the patient experience and in some instances patient outcomes”.