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The Southampton Children’s trauma and orthopaedic ward on G3 is a special place. But we need your help to refurbish it and make it even more special.
With your support, we aim to raise £1.64 million to make sure it is fit for the amazing children we treat, their wonderful families, and our brilliant staff who care for them.
As one of only two major trauma centres in the South of England, Southampton Children’s Hospital cares for children across the region who have suffered a serious head, chest, or skeletal injury. In addition, our trauma and orthopaedic ward treats everything from broken bones to providing life-changing surgery, as well as caring for children with cerebral palsy and neuromuscular disorders.
Working in partnership with the hospital, Southampton Hospitals Charity is committed to supporting all aspects of this much-needed ward refurbishment, which will be the first of its kind since the ward was built.
Your support could help us to fund a pull-down bed so all parents and carers can have a comfortable stay next to the bedside, hoists that will allow the medical team to move patients more independently and safely, and a dedicated therapy room to provide rehabilitation. And because it’s a tough time for parents too, we want them to have their own dedicated room – a comforting space where they can recharge, connect with other parents, and take comfort from one another.
Your donations can help keep our trauma and orthopaedic ward world class, giving children the highest standard of emergency and planned care.
We see our trauma and orthopaedic ward as a team, and to keep ours running at a world class level, we need another member. You.
So, are you ready to join the team?
Five-year-old Harvey-Lee was diagnosed with a rare bone condition at Southampton Children’s Hospital. Now near the end of his treatment following a bone graft, he is one of only 200 cases having been reported. Mum, Jessica, tells us more:
“When Harvey-Lee was 10 months old, I found a lump on his clavicle (collarbone) and immediately called my local GP surgery who diagnosed him as having a broken clavicle.”
“After pressing for a second opinion, we were referred to Mr Wadia at Southampton Children’s Hospital where Harvey-Lee was diagnosed with Pseudarthrosis of the Clavicle.”
This is a rare disorder, usually diagnosed at birth, where the clavicle bone fails to develop properly causing mobility complications over time.
Jessica continues, “On 8 September 2022, he underwent an open reduction internal fixation operation. This is where bone was removed from his lower leg to fill the space in his collarbone. This was then fixed together with surgical plates and screws to allow it to knit back together properly.
While he stayed in hospital overnight after the surgery, he was doing so well that we were discharged the following day with just a dressing on his leg and arm, with an arm sling to maintain the natural positioning of his clavicle while it healed.
Four years after diagnosis, Harvey-Lee has now been discharged. It’s been a long road, but we’ve been supported every step of the way by the incredible staff. The wound closure is amazing and the affected areas have healed so well. It’s a real reflection of their dedication.
The hospital staff are exceptional, but I know they’d love to support families, like ours, in an environment that meets their high standards. It’s wonderful to see how the hospital plans to use the donations they receive to modernise their space.
Southampton Children’s Hospital doesn’t get as much recognition as it deserves. It’s an outstanding place with incredible staff, who have changed Harvey-Lee’s life.”
Donate today and keep our trauma and orthopaedic ward world class.
Ambassador Aaron Phipps shares his experience in G3
Aaron Phipps is a gold medal Paralympian in wheelchair rugby. When he was 15 years old, he was rushed to Southampton Children’s Hospital after contracting meningitis and septicaemia, losing both legs and the tips of his fingers.
Due to his treatment in the hospital, Aaron is an ambassador for Southampton Hospitals Charity, and our appeal to refurbish the G3 ward where he was treated.
Read his full story here.