In Hospital

When a child is involved in an accident or becomes very poorly, a parent drops everything to go with their son or daughter to hospital. This can result in families being hundreds of miles away from home with none of their possessions. We provide all the necessary items parents need to get through a few days in hospital so that they can focus solely on their child and their treatment.

We provide ‘Parent Packs’ for all families who are transferred by the Nectar (North East Children’s Transfer And Retrieval) team in our region. The team cover the whole of the country to get patients to the hospitals in Newcastle Upon Tyne when they require specialist care. Simply put, the team provide ‘Intensive Care’ in an ambulance so children can be moved to the right hospital to be in the care of the people who can best treat them. The packs contain the bare essentials to get through a few days in hospital:

  • shower gel
  • shampoo/conditioner
  • toothpaste/toothbrush
  • hair bobbles
  • a small towel
  • deodorant
  • comb
  • a drink
  • a snack
  • a soft toy for the children

We also provide the team with iPads for staff training. The iPads are loaded with special simulation software which provides ‘real life’ scenarios for the staff to react to. as if they were treating a patient. The software is used by visiting staff from across our region who attend sessions to be given guidance and training from the Nectar team on various scenarios they may encounter.

We support the work of many Children’s Wards and medical teams across our region. Our aim is to make life in hospital a little easier for children and their families, through supplying portable libraries, sensory & physiotherapy equipment, TVs, DVDs, Radios, CDs, iPads, memory books, busy boxes, Christmas and Easter hampers, mobile phone chargers, thermos mugs and much much more…

The Wards & Teams we currently support are:

  • West Cumberland Hospital Special Care Baby Unit
  • West Cumberland Hospital Children’s Ward
  • Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle Children’s Ward
  • Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle Special Care Baby Unit
  • Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle Children’s Accident & Emergency
  • Furness General Hospital – Children’s Ward
  • Great North Children’s Hospital Ward 2a – Children’s Respiratory Ward
  • Great North Children’s Hospital Ward 8a – ENT
  • Great North Children’s Hospital Ward 9 – Children’s Surgical In-patients
  • Great North Children’s Hospital Ward 10 – Children’s Orthopaedic Ward
  • Great North Children’s Hospital Ward 12 – Paediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Great North Children’s Hospital – Acute Paediatric Physiotherapy Team
  • Great North Children’s Hospital – Paediatric Accident and Emergency
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital Gateshead – Children’s Ward