Community 09.08.23

The Children’s Hospital Charity launches appeal for the National Centre for Child Health Technology

The National Centre for Child Health Technology (NCCHT) is an exciting new development that will be run by Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust which will be based at the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park. The Children’s Hospital Charity is dedicated to supporting the Trust and has pledged to be a key partner and funder of this project, committing to raise £2million towards the build.

NCCHT is set to be a game-changer for paediatric care in the UK. It will be a place to develop world-leading research and build new technologies to solve the biggest challenges in children’s healthcare, focusing on preventing and managing health conditions such as obesity, mental health problems, disabilities and cancer.

It will bring together children, clinicians, inventors and engineers under the same roof, with state-of-the-art facilities for manufacturing, digital development and the opportunity to deliver Sheffield Children’s clinical care.

Child health technologies will be a big focus at NCCHT. Some examples are robotics, virtual reality and artificial intelligence; these are changing our lives, and at NCCHT, they will be used to change how we care for children.

The building will have a virtual reality suite, creative space to develop ways to care for people remotely and the opportunity to test new prototypes.

Some children at Sheffield Children’s are already benefitting from innovative technology. A little girl called Eden has been visiting the hospital to receive treatment for Polyarticular Juvenile Arthritis since she was 18 months old. The symptoms are similar to those of adult rheumatoid arthritis and include joint pain, stiffness and swollen joints.

Eden comes to Sheffield Children’s for medication that helps to reduce the inflammation, pain and stiffness that she experiences; it’s really important and helps her to do more of the things she loves.

Previously, her appointments involved a few doctors and nurses working to cannulate her so she could receive her treatment, but now, they use a VR headset as a distraction, transporting Eden to space or underwater to see lots of tropical fish; with Eden’s attention elsewhere, they’re able to get the cannula in within seconds.

VR headsets, like the one that Eden uses, are just one example of the exciting tech that will help to improve care for children at Sheffield Children’s.

It really will be more than a building and will bring together a community of innovators across the world, working and collaborating virtually, as well as being physically based at NCCHT.

The technologies that are developed will benefit children today and in the future, across the world.

The vision at Sheffield Children’s is for local children and their families to benefit from the latest improvements in healthcare. As part of the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, the NCCHT will drive employment and develop the skills of our local communities here in Sheffield.

This exciting new project is also receiving funding from the UK Government’s Levelling Up Fund and the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, making up the £22 million needed.

Through this new appeal, The Children’s Hospital Charity is calling their incredible supporters once again to come together and support this vital project, helping to ensure that children and families have access to the best possible care and that clinicians have the tools they need to improve outcomes for their young patients.

Whether through a donation, a fundraising event, or simply by spreading the word, they hope that everyone will join them in this important endeavour.

Your support will make a big difference in the lives of children and families, providing hope for a healthier future.

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