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Royal Preston Hospital receives TV gift for Children’s Mental Health Week

Posted on - 23rd February, 2023 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Fulwood, Health, Preston News, Proud Preston, Sharoe Green
Royal Preston Hospital Emergency Department Pic: Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Preston Hospital Emergency Department Pic: Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Two companies, which regularly work for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, have come together at the start of Childrenā€™s Mental Health Week to gift and install a new TV that will benefit children struggling emotionally.

The TV, donated by Bradford-headquartered audio-visual company AV Universal and fitted by Chorley construction company D&G Builders, has been wall-mounted in a Childrenā€™s Ward room at the Royal Preston Hospital that has been redesigned as a ā€œsafe spaceā€ for youngsters in a mental health crisis.

It featured on a wish list of items put together by clinical staff to improve the treatment environment for all children and young people whether in or outpatients at all trust-managed centres. The list forms the backbone of the Ā£1 million Childrenā€™s Appeal that the trustā€™s charity team is currently running to bring about the improvements.

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Matron Nicola with the new TV in the Royal Preston Hospitalā€™s Childrenā€™s Ward ā€œsafe spaceā€ room for children and young people struggling emotionally

The trustā€™s Matron for Children and Young People, Nicola Entwistle, said: ā€œā€œOne of our recent young patients fed back ā€˜Everyone is so nice, there is a TV and there is privacyā€™. When asked what could we do better, the young person said ā€˜Youā€™re all doing greatā€™. Thank you to Universal AV and D&G Builders for helping us to receive this review, especially as we are now entering Childrenā€™s Mental Health Week!ā€

Nicola added: “Last year, we supported over 110 children with emotional health and wellbeing needs on Ward 8, the Childrenā€™s Ward at the Royal Preston Hospital.”

The donated TV cost Ā£319 plus VAT and its installation would have cost a further Ā£150 had it too not been donated to the Childrenā€™s Appeal as a gift in kind.

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This yearā€™s Childrenā€™s Mental Health Week ran from 7th to 13th February. Childrenā€™s Mental Health Week aims to raise awareness about how we can all support the mental health of children and young people. You can find out more on the campaign website at: https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/.

To watch a video explaining more about the Childrenā€™s Appeal, become involved or make a donation, go to www.lthcharity.org.uk/childrensappeal  

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