This year’s Oxford Children’s Hospital Golf Day was always going to be a more subdued affair than in previous years, with fewer people and social distancing rules in place. However, despite this, the teams still managed to get outside enjoy a great round of golf.
The auction and raffle also took place but again it was a much smaller affair.
More importantly, we still managed to raise lots of much-needed money for the NHS and specifically the Children’s Hospital.
This year, the money raised will support an extremely deserving and dedicated team of healthcare professionals working in the Children’s Intensive Care Unit.
At the start of the COVID emergency, the Children’s ICU was forced to relocate to another area of the hospital at short notice, to generate additional bed space for the increasing numbers of adult patients requiring intensive care treatment. The children’s team are preparing to move back into their original space very soon, however key areas of the unit are in real need of refurbishment, having naturally been damaged by the strain and challenges of COVID.
The team will be refurbishing both the staff room and quiet room, which will make a wonderful difference to the large numbers of hard-working staff on the unit. The staff room will be fitted with brand kitchen facilities, a comfortable dining area and new seating where staff can relax and refuel during a long shift. The quiet room is small but significant, serving as a reflective space for staff to be alone or meet with colleagues to discuss a patients care. The room is also where difficult conversations are had between staff and the family of a patient, and therefore, new, restful furniture is needed to create a warm environment.
Thank you to everyone who took part in the day. We are still waiting on the final figure and will keep you posted when we know.