A new sensory room has been opened on the children’s ward of Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.
The improved facilities for disabled patients have been largely funded by a £120,000 grant from Caernarfon-based cancer charity Gafael Llaw.
The sensory space on Minffordd ward includes optic and ceiling lights, a bubble tube, bean bag and special handheld toys, designed to keep young children relaxed during their stay on the ward.
Iwan Trefor Jones, chairman of Gafael Llaw, said: ”We are delighted to see this project finished to such a high standard and it’s an absolute pleasure to see the difference it’s already making to the children, parents and staff on the ward.”
”They are delighted with the new facilities and seeing the smile on their faces when they walked in to the new sensory room really was worthwhile.”
”Our aim as a charity is to provide children and young people from Gwynedd and Anglesey with access to the best services and facilities in north Wales and to date we have funded an outside play area, upgraded some of the cubicles and decorated the ward, as well as buying specialist equipment.”
”Our priority will always be to improve facilities and we achieve this by discussing needs with staff and families at Ysbyty Gwynedd identifying how we can continue to help.”
”As a charity which is ran purely by volunteers, we depend on the generosity of individuals, communities and companies and I’d like to thank every single person that has made this project possible – we couldn’t have done it without our amazing volunteers and fundraisers.”
Work began earlier this year on the £154,000 project, which also includes improving bathroom facilities for disabled children on Dewi ward.
Jo Douglas, a clinical services manager at Ysbyty Gwynedd, said: ”I am really pleased to see the work complete, in particular our improved bathroom facility for our children with disabilities. This is now suited towards their needs and will help to maintain their dignity.”
”Children can often feel anxious about being in hospital and the sensory room can help relieve their fears and anxieties. The new equipment will also create an interactive and stimulating environment that offers a distraction for children visiting the hospital.”