Children’s cancer charity LATCH confirms £1.4 million refurbishment of Rainbow Ward

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) is pleased to announce £1.4 million funding from LATCH, the pediatric cancer charity in Wales, for the refurbishment of Rainbow Ward at the Children’s Hospital for Wales.

Rainbow Ward is the leading pediatric oncology center in South and West Wales, caring for children and young people with cancer and leukemia, from birth to 13 years. It is an extremely important place, with specialist doctors, nurses and LATCH support staff building close relationships with children and their families who spend long periods of time on the ward, in many cases months at a time. The staff in the department pride themselves on creating a family atmosphere for those entrusted to their care.

The ward has 9 beds and an additional 6 Rainbow Daybeds for patients requiring daily treatments such as chemotherapy, blood transfusions and examinations. An anesthesia room and theater are also available for treatments requiring general anesthesia. Each area has its own playroom and play specialist. Over time, of course, the department has become tired and difficult to maintain without significant investment.

With LATCH’s generous funding, much-needed upgrades can be completed, creating a comfortable space for patients and their families. LATCH has a longstanding relationship with Rainbow Ward, providing support to children and families across Wales who are being treated for cancer at the Children’s Hospital for Wales.

Jan Janczewski, Chairman of Cardiff and Vale UHB, said: “Rainbow Ward provides exceptional care to children and their families in extremely challenging times, our team of dedicated staff supports this. The unit has become increasingly difficult to maintain over time, and advancements in healthcare technologies provide us with new opportunities to improve the care we provide. On behalf of the Health Board, I would like to express my sincere gratitude and gratitude to LATCH for this significant donation to help restore Rainbow Ward, in addition to the ongoing vital support the charity provides to children and families entrusted to our care.”

Susan Gwyer-Roberts, Executive Chair of LATCH, commented: “When a child is diagnosed with cancer or leukemia, it has a devastating impact on every family. With months, sometimes years of treatment, it’s an emotional rollercoaster for families. Families spend a lot of time at the Rainbow Ward of the Children’s Hospital for Wales. Through LATCH’s work with the Health Board, administrators have become very aware of the impact the upgrade could have, not only in improving care delivery for patients and families, but also in making the environment suitable for the well-being of patients. the medical and support staff.”

As part of radical plans to transform the ward, additional single beds will be created to provide privacy and help prevent the spread of infections to children with suppressed immune systems. A new large playroom and family room have also been incorporated into the new design to provide much-needed secluded spaces away from clinical environments. Mood lighting and entertainment systems will be installed to create a calm and comfortable environment for children and their families. Staff will also benefit from the new workspaces in the center of the ward, enabling them to better respond to the needs of the children in their care. Construction will also include the installation and maintenance of state-of-the-art healthcare technologies as part of the program.

Work has started on the renovation and is expected to be completed in the fall of this year.

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