Skylark soars above the rest

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A teenager has won an Evening Telegraph competition to name the new children’s ward at Kettering General Hospital.

Fourteen-year-old Nicole Bird suggested the name Skylark for the ward, which is on the top floor of a new £30m wing set to open in September.

Nicole, of Wellingborough, said: “My mum saw the competition in the paper and I thought it was a pretty good idea.

“I came up with Skylark because the theme of the ward is ‘above the trees’.”

Wrenn School pupil Nicole’s suggestion was chosen from about 200 entries in the competition.

Other ideas included the Rainbow ward, the Aurora ward and the Shrek ward.

Children’s ward manager Katrina Allen said: “Because the ward will cover all age groups of children and adolescents and people who are quite poorly we wanted something that was dignified and we thought Skylark was quite fitting.”

Nicole’s mum Natalia says two members of the family have been treated at the Dolphin children’s ward before so they know how important the new paediatric ward will be.

The ward will have 32 beds and include medical and surgical wards, a paediatric assessment unit and a high-dependency unit as well.

It will treat about 5,400 children and young people a year.

The Evening Telelgraph is working with the hospital on a fundraising campaign called Little Extras which aims to raise £80,000 for toys and games for the new ward.

The new wing will also house a 28-bed adult ward on the ground floor and a 16-bed intensive care unit and isolation rooms on the first floor.

Nicole will get the chance to open the ward at the official opening of the completed wing in September.