YOUNG patients can now chill out on the wards thanks to charitable donations.
A new multi-sensory room has been opened at Wigan Infirmary which enables any child who is struggling to cope with the stress of a hospital stay a place to escape.
The new room features bubble tubes, fibre optics, touch pads, soft flooring and mirrors, music and scents and a projector for the walls.
Staff are particularly hoping it will benefit long-term patients who need a break from the ward environment, children with special needs or children who are particularly scared about an operation or treatment.
Janine Stott, play therapist on Rainbow Ward, said: “We all love the new room. It’s already been put to good use by the children on the ward. It will be such a great asset for all our children and we’re so grateful to all the donors who made this possible.”
One young patient, Nathaniel Forshaw, was thrilled to see the new equipment.
Mum Jackie said: “Nat has been very poorly for the last few days and it’s the first time I’ve seen him smile for 48 hours. It’s nice to see him so relaxed.”
The multi-sensory room was funded by the Finance Charity Fund-Raising Committee, a group of employees from the NHS Trust.
They approached MedEquip4Kids for help in completing the appeal.
The funding was topped up with donations from Lions Clubs in the area: Leigh Lions Club, Douglas Valley Lions Club and Up Holland Tawd Vale Lions Club worked together to raise a fantastic £1,100 to complete the funding.
MedEquip4Kids’ projects co-ordinator, Vicky Bunnage, said: “It’s lovely to see the results of all our hard work and we really enjoyed working with the Finance Charity Fund-raising Committee.
“It says so much about the commitment of the staff at Wigan that they are willing to give their spare time to the hospital in this way.
“We’re so grateful to the Lions Clubs for their support with this project.
“Their efforts will benefit children in the local community for years to come.”