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The Morgan Stanley Clinical Building
says. “Children can be apprehensive about going to theatre, as can parents. “We wanted to provide an environment that children find engaging and distracting but, at the same time, doesn’t slow down the process of going to theatre.” Wards in the new building benefit from en-suite facilities, sofa beds or recliner chairs
The recent completion of our new building has only been possible with your fantastic support We are delighted to announce that after four years of hard work, all wards and theatres in the new Morgan Stanley Clinical Building are now open. The opening marks the completion of
the hospital to treat more children, provide more privacy and comfort for patients and their families, and make their stay as stress-free as possible. The Morgan Stanley Clinical Building includes a new Heart and Lung Centre, where a Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), known as Flamingo Ward, provides specialised care for seriously ill patients with complex or rare heart-lung disease. These patients are among the most fragile at the hospital. Also part of the centre is Bear Ward, providing specialised inpatient care for cardiac patients, and
including high dependency beds for children who have just left the CICU. Diagnostic facilities are provided too – on Walrus Ward. The technology and design of three new cardiac/ neuro operating theatres and a paediatric hybrid angiography room are world class. A unique digital installation, called The Nature Trail, sees woodland creatures appear on the walls along the corridors as children make their way to a separate anaesthetic room. “We decided we should focus more on what going to theatre actually means,” Natalie Robinson, Deputy Director of Redevelopment,
photography: top left – David Harrison, all others – James Medcraft
The Nature Trail engages and distracts patients
Bedrooms include a separate parent corner
“A parent or carer can sleep by their child’s bed”
“We decided we should focus more on what going to theatre actually means” Phase 2A of the hospital’s redevelopment. The building, the first of two that together will form the Mittal Children’s Medical Centre, will allow
for a parent or carer to sleep by their child’s bed, rooms for children to socialise with others of their own age, and areas for parents and carers to make a drink or snack and take time out from the intensity of the ward. Patients, families and staff can also use the new Lagoon restaurant. Anna Cornish, Head of Facilities, says: “It provides food and service that families need, effective use of space and there’s a 3D cinema screen.” The new building also houses the state-of-the-art neurosciences centre (Koala Ward) and kidney centre (Eagle Ward). We can’t thank you enough for your support in helping us bring these facilities and services to the children and families who will now benefit from them. To find out more about what you’ve helped fund in the Morgan Stanley Clinical Building, see pages 16–17
Bear Ward, a vital part of the Heart and Lung Centre
“The technology and design are world class”
Equipment in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
Our Summer 2012 edition of Lifeline magazine, edited by 17-year-old Ellie.