Two new areas at our hospital have been created thanks to those who supported our ‘Raise A Rainbow’ charity appeal.

The fundraising campaign, which started prior to the Covid 19 pandemic, saw thousands of pounds raised to create two special areas in our Accident and Emergency department – a new children’s waiting room and a relatives room, which provides a quiet place away from the busy emergency department for staff to talk to patients relatives, for example if they need to break bad news or just need space to discuss treatment options.

Although the pandemic delayed some of the plans, both areas are now up-and-running and are benefitting those using our hospital.

The children’s waiting area is now a bright space with a colourful mural and sensory textured areas on the walls,  play items, soft seating and a TV, while the relatives room has comfortable seating and will have other essentials, including tea and coffee making facilities.

Lisa King, Matron for Paediatric inpatient services, said; “It is so lovely to have our own designated waiting area that is child specific. This would not be possible without the kind donations from our Charity’s Raise A Rainbow Appeal. The area is bright and colourful and less clinical for children.”  

Maxine Taylor, our James Paget Hospital Charity Manager, said; “We would like to thank everyone who contributed to our Raise A Rainbow Appeal and everyone who supported the creation of these new areas, which support our patients and their families at some of the most stressful times. Hundreds of people played a part in this, from those who made a personal donation, however large or small, to the businesses who have supported the project through equipment and funding, and we want to thank you all for your support.”