One of our main aims is to improve the healing environment in local hospitals for children being treated with cancer and life-challenging conditions.
Children in South West London, Surrey and Sussex, where Momentum Children's Charity works, usually start treatment in one of the main London Hospitals such as Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children or The Royal Marsden. These hospitals have state of the art facilities, and deservedly they receive amazing support and funding. Children are then referred to a local hospital, closer to where they live, to receive their day-to-day treatment. This is known as the Paediatric Oncology Shared Care Unit.
Being admitted to hospital is very traumatic for children, and for their families. Research shows that the environment in which children are treated makes a huge difference to their experience in hospital, and can even have an impact on how well they respond to treatment. Whilst the NHS provides an excellent medical service in the local Shared Care Units, their restricted budgets do not extend to these types of projects, and that is where we can step in and make the most enormous difference.
We currently work to improve the hospital environment in Shared Care Units of Kingston Hospital, Epsom Hospital, St Peter’s Hospital, East Surrey Hospital and Croydon Hospital.
We work closely with the medical team and hospital facilities teams to find out which areas of the children’s oncology departments are in need of improvement. We then work with leading designers to create an environment which calms and supports children. We aim to turn plain, clinical environments into child-friendly, positive spaces, using artwork, lighting, furniture and technology to distract children from the procedures they may have to undergo, and to relieve the boredom of long hospital stays.
We have already achieved incredible results in each of our partner hospitals, from refurbishing treatment rooms to providing facilities for parents. For more information on our successes to date, click here.