Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 1°C

Search

Ipswich Hospital nurse Kate Stockton urges community to back children’s appeal

PUBLISHED: 16:15 01 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:15 01 March 2018

Ipswich Hospital children's nurse Kate Stockton. Picture: PAGEPIX

Ipswich Hospital children's nurse Kate Stockton. Picture: PAGEPIX

Pagepix Ltd 07976 935738

A senior nurse at Ipswich Hospital has explained the importance of a new appeal to raise £2.5 million towards an upgraded children’s department.

Kate Stockton said the improvements planned for the Bergholt Ward and children’s outpatients would help staff meet increasing demand while also providing a more friendly and welcoming environment for visitors.

The work would see the whole unit completely remodelled with new play areas added, the number of clinic rooms and en-suite bedrooms increased and a two-bed high dependency area and separate dining room and teenage spaces created.

“This project is much-needed and such positive news for the hospital,” said Mrs Stockton, who began her career at Great Ormond Street Hospital and joined Ipswich in 2010. “It will make an immense amount of difference for staff and will completely transform the look and feel of the whole area.

“Up until now, we have worked hard to try and fit the service around the space we have got, but the area just doesn’t do what we need any longer – we have completely outgrown it as the number of children coming into hospital is increasing at such a rate.

“Although our staff are continuing to provide the highest standards of care, doing so from an environment which is no longer really fit for purpose undoubtedly brings challenges.”

Mrs Stockton, a nurse in children’s services, said the new layout and signage would help visitors find their way around more easily, and the upgraded facilities would improve their experience of care.

“Children can be understandably very anxious when they come into hospital, as they can worry about where they will be sleeping, what will happen to them and who may be in the cubicle next to them,” she added. “It doesn’t help if the environment isn’t up to scratch, and can cause a lot of parental anxiety as well.

“The changes we are planning will make the whole area brighter, lighter and more welcoming. It will be a much more positive environment which will make a big difference to the experience which patients and their families have when coming into our hospital.”

To support the campaign or donate, visit the trust’s website or contact the Ipswich Hospital Charity on 01473 702929 or charity@ipswichhospital.nhs.uk

Jennifer Pearson from Felixstowe claims she had dog mess shoved through her letter box, her tyres slashed, and even had people spit at her – leaving her youngest daughter in tears.

Superheroes and famous faces from the world of sci-fi came together for a comic convention in Ipswich.

Festive spirit was in rich supply as an Ipswich park hosted unique handmade gifts and produce for its annual Christmas Fayre.

Fears have been raised that Suffolk may have a systemic problem with how children’s homes are run after a third establishment was given a poor Ofsted rating in the last 10 weeks.

Uninsured and unlicensed drivers are being warned that the police will catch up with them after officers seized 133 vehicles in a month.

One Ipswich couple have taken the antics of their naughty elves to an impressive new level.

Suffolk may have enjoyed an almost frost-free winter so far, but the big freeze descended on one town this weekend and so did scores of visitors enticed by the ice.

Suffolk County Council will review its contract commissioning and procurement of services in a bid to help prevent modern slavery.

Prestigious Essex Turkey producers KellyBronze have released a video showing aspiring BBQ chefs how to cook their bird on the coals this Christmas.

A community close to the Essex Suffolk border has been left shocked and saddened following the death of a pedestrian.

Most read

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24