Children’s wards at King’s undergo refurbishment

Thanks to a generous donation from a former patient, Lion Ward and Princess Elizabeth Ward at King’s College Hospital have been refurbished

Children's wards refurbishment

In May 2010, 13 year old Meghan Frost, from Hartley in Kent, was diagnosed with Craniopharyngioma, a very rare type of brain tumour. Meghan was rushed to King’s College Hospital where she underwent two successful operations.

Six years on, Meghan has made a good recovery, but will continue to take medication for the rest of her life. She is now studying towards a degree in childhood studies at Canterbury Christchurch University.

Following her treatment at King’s and the great care she received, Meghan decided that she wanted to raise money for the ward she was treated on.

In 2011 she persuaded her dad, Marc, to do the King’s Skydive. The pair also took part in the King’s Abseil, down the front of the Golden Jubilee Wing at King’s.

Meghan and her dad were aiming to raise £10,000, but following the skydive, abseil and various fundraising events at Meghan’s school, Cobham Hall, they raised an amazing £50,000.

Meghan and her family came to King’s to officially open the refurbished wards on 15 April. The opening was also attended by individuals involved with Meghan’s care and the refurbishment of the wards, including Mrs Rani Kamaran-Nair, Ward Manager; Mr Nick Thomas, Consultant Neurosurgeon who performed one of her operations; and Professor Anil Dhawan, Clinical Director for Child Health.

Meghan said: “Family and friends have been very generous, as well as people we haven’t even met before.

“My decision to study childhood studies at university was inspired by my time at King’s. I did work experience on Lion Ward – the ward I was treated on – and also spent some time with the Fundraising Team. I’m so happy to be able to make such a difference to the wards, and it’s great to come back and see it all.”

Lion Ward and Princess Elizabeth Ward have been redecorated, with a new, soothing, colour scheme throughout. There is also a new 3D interactive distraction unit for use during procedures.

Mrs Rani Kamaran-Nair, Ward Manager on Lion Ward, said: “Meghan and Marc’s donation really has made a huge difference to the wards and we’re very thankful to them.

“The new parent’s room is particularly great as it gives families a nice place to relax in and spend some time away from a ward setting.”

Photo caption (from left to right): Mr Nick Thomas, Consultant Neurosurgeon; Meghan Frost; Marc Frost and Rani Kamaran-Nair, Ward Manager.

Notes to editors

1. King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s largest and busiest teaching hospitals, training over 900 dentists, 750 doctors and 300 nurses every year. The Trust is recognized internationally for its work in liver disease and transplantation, neurosciences, cardiac, haemato-oncology, stroke and major trauma. On 1 October 2013, King’s took over the running of the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley and Orpington Hospital, as well as some services at Beckenham Beacon and Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup. The new enlarged organisation has over 10,500 staff and provides over 1 million patient contacts a year. 9,000 babies are delivered by our hospitals each year, and over 750 patients come to our Emergency Departments every day. For more information, please visit the website. You can also support the work of King’s College Hospital at www.togetherwecan.org.uk

2. King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering collaboration between King’s College London, and Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.

King’s Health Partners is one of only six Department of Health-designated AHSCs in England and brings together an unrivalled range and depth of clinical and research expertise, spanning both physical and mental health. Our combined strengths will drive improvements in care for patients, allowing them to benefit from breakthroughs in medical science and receive leading edge treatment at the earliest possible opportunity.

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  • 31,000 staff;
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... to advance health and wellbeing by integrating world-class research, care and teaching.

3. At King’s College Hospital we fundraise for the best in treatment, research and health education, leading-edge equipment and improving well-being in our communities. By uniting doctors, nurses, researchers and academics with our supporters and volunteers we can provide the best patient care that goes above and beyond. Find out more and support us at togetherwecan.org.uk