An upgraded and newly expanded facility was launched on Thursday, 23 April at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. The accommodation facility caters for parents from the rest of South Africa and the continent who need to keep a 24/7 vigil over a critically sick or injured child.
The R7.2 million revamp of the Parents’ Accommodation has doubled its capacity, meeting the desperate need for an upgraded facility for parents to stay over if they are from outside of Cape Town and their child is being treated at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.
A new wing of the building consisting of a ground and first floor with 18 bedrooms and two ablution facilities was opened for use by the parents in December 2014. At the end of March, the upgrade of the existing Parents’ Accommodation building was successfully completed. The facility also provides a communal venue for parents of long-stay patients and day visitors who spend long hours waiting in queues to receive lunch in the upgraded dining room.
The new facility allows parents the precious opportunity to be near their children during their stay in the Hospital and is aligned with the belief that there is more to healing children than medication and treatment, more often a mother’s touch is just what the doctor ordered.