Thinking of Oscar
Paediatric Procedures Unit

Oxford Children's Hospital Paeditartic Procedures Unit

Over the course of the past 12 months we have been working to fund a new Paediatric's Procedures Unit for the Oxford Children's Hospital, where Oscar was treated.  Our aim was to raise £100,000.00 to fund the unit and in June 2016 we reached our goal and gave the good news to the Hospital.

Our aim was to raise £100,000.00 to fund the unit and in June 2016 we reached our goal and gave the good news to the Hospital.

Unfortunately the time that it has taken to move the project forward has been a source of real frustration for both ourselves and the hospital, because the John Radcliffe has had to work with multiple stakeholders to get the necessary approvals to start the work and ensure that everything is as it should be for the room. One of the delays has been to make sure that the room has the right air filtration system in it so that they can ensure the correct air quality for those using the room. We have been chasing on an almost weekly basis to gain further updates the latest of which confirmed the estimated costs of the room, included sketches of the proposed content and layout of the room and also reiterated the hospital’s commitment to the project and it’s completion.

We have also continued to confirm whether the unit is still important to the hospital. The response continues to be an overwhelming “YES”.  We were told that they were in desperate need of the facility and that multiple procedure types were already lined up to use it.

In terms of the numbers of children who will benefit from the investment. Up to 50 procedures each week will be conducted in the unit. This means that more than 2,500 children will benefit each year. In selecting the most suitable location longevity was one of the key considerations. There is a general movement in paediatrics away from the theatre environment towards set ups where patients are treated as out patients and within procedures rooms and so the new unit is an important part of that change.

Up to 50 procedures each week will be conducted in the unit. This means that more than 2,500 children will benefit each year.

Some examples of how the unit will be used are:

For endoscopies – In this instance the children’s day care unit is bursting at the seams. They are limited as to how many patients that they can see each week due to a lack of space although they are staffed up to see more. The new unit will enable them to run an additional clinic each week. Endoscopies are a diagnostic tool and so the impact of this on children is that they will get diagnosed and on a treatment path to recovery more quickly. This is at the core of the mission for Thinking of Oscar.

Another example is for children with rheumatic diseases – These children have to have injections directly into their joints as part of their treatment and for this procedure to occur an anesthetic is required which requires them to be squeezed into gaps in theatre schedules. As we have previously explained in these scenarios the children are highly likely to get bounced by emergencies. The new procedures unit would enable the hospital to routinely plan for and conduct these injections which would be a huge benefit to those children and their parents both from a practical and emotional point of view.

Finally for general paediatrics – For the child who needs an anesthetic prior to stitches, or a line inserted for the administration of antibiotics (this is what Oscar had). The simplest of procedures at present are incredibly challenging for the staff to arrange. Unbelievably it can take up to 15 telephone calls to enable these standard paediatric treatments to happen. All of this will be so much quicker with the new unit in operation, saving huge amounts of staff time and unnecessary stress to both children and families.

We have seen the space that has been identified. The plan will be to implement a set of rooms which is best of breed. Given that this is the direction that paediatric healthcare is going it’s a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate best practice and create something which others might wish to emulate. We will keep you posted on progress. Regular meetings will be arranged with the contractor who is doing the work and we will start to attend all of those ourselves.

The plan will be to implement a set of rooms which is best of breed. Given that this is the direction that paediatric healthcare is going it’s a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate best practice and create something which others might wish to emulate.

We have shared the vision for Thinking of Oscar with the hospital.  That we are passionate about the possibilities of projects like these, about the potential for innovation to improve the experiences of children and their families in hospital care, and to accelerate diagnosis and ultimately save lives.  We very much hope that we can work with the hospital to get this project through to completion as soon as possible and be able to show everyone who has either raised money, donated money, or supported Thinking of Oscar over the course of the last 18 months just what it is we can do to help children in Oscar's name.

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