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The benefits of having parents at a sick child’s bedside cannot be underestimated

Building commenced today, 24 July 2014, at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town to expand and upgrade the on-site Parents Accommodation. Corporate and individual donors gathered to celebrate this milestone at a symbolic brick-laying event. The Parents Accommodation facility is where parents or caregivers of young patients can stay overnight to be close to their children at their most vulnerable time. The Children’s Hospital Trust raised the R7.2million required to double the capacity of this facility, which currently has 63 beds for parents of patients who come from all over South Africa to seek specialist paediatric medical care.  

The one thing that every sick or injured child wants and needs is to have their parents nearby while recovering. At the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, parents are allowed 24/7 access to their children because the Hospital promotes holistic healing. However, considering that the 270-bed hospital manages around 260,000 patient visits each year, it is not surprising why the current facility has now become inadequate.

As the largest, stand-alone tertiary hospital in sub-Saharan Africa dedicated entirely to child health, the Red Cross Children’s Hospital treats many patients from outside of Cape Town and there are often incidences where mothers have not had time to arrange accommodation due to emergency circumstances or where they simply cannot afford to pay for lodging.

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