Children to have chance to name new hospital ward

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Children are being given a special chance to name the new paediatric ward at Kettering General Hospital.

The ward will be part of a new £30m wing at the hospital, the top floor of which will house children and teenagers who are currently treated on the Dolphin and Timpson children’s wards.

These wards are in one of the oldests parts of the hospital, nicknamed ‘cave block’ by staff, and have little space for parents to stay by their child’s bedside overnight.

The new paediatric unit will offer much more space, including 18 large single rooms.

There will also be a dedicated family room, play and recreation rooms and a state-of-the-art sensory room.

Staff at the hospital are offering children and adults the opportunity to come up with a name for the new unit, which will be opened in the summer.

Christina Kelly, fundraising officer at the hospital, said: “Our new ward will be on the second floor of the new building and we think because it is so high we’d like a name that shows we are ‘above the treetops’. We’d like children to send in their ideas so that we can then choose the name that we like best.

“The lucky winner will be invited into the hospital to help put their sign up and have their photo taken.”

Send your name, age, address and phone number, together with your suggested name, to The Project 55 Team, Glebe House, Rothwell Road, Kettering, NN16 8UZ. You can also email project55@kgh.nhs.uk. The closing date for entries is Monday, January 16.