Specialist bed donated to Altnagelvin children’s ward

A group supporting the parents of children with chronic health conditions has donated a specialist bed to the children’s ward at Altnagelvin Hospital.

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 9:56 am
Staff nurse Jenni Johnston pictured with the Siesta 'Safe Space' bed
Staff nurse Jenni Johnston pictured with the Siesta 'Safe Space' bed

The Siesta ‘Safe Space’ bed is specifically designed for children with complex medical needs.

The customised bed, which creates a calming and safe environment, can be used for children with autism, epilepsy or profound learning difficulties during their stay in hospital.

It is designed for children who may be unsafe in an ordinary bed by offering an additional level of protection for children using it.

Lisa Storey, Chairperson of Altnagelvin Parents Support Group, believes that the donation is going to have a really positive impact on the children who visit the ward.

“We are extremely proud of this donation, it is the only Safe Space bed in the children’s ward in Altnagelvin Hospital, and it would not have been

possible without the donation received from a generous and brave group of people who fundraised for Altnagelvin Parents Group and in particular this specialist bed.”

One of the largest single donations towards the ‘Safe Space’ bed came from Helena Fox, Jake Barrett and Paula Tracey who decided to “Brave the Shave” last year.

Lisa paid tribute to all those who raised funds to help the group purchase the bed.

“We are so grateful, this bed will make the world of difference to children with complex needs and who are frequently on Ward 6.

“Together they have made a huge difference and should be very proud of what they have accomplished.”