The cystic fibrosis ward is comfortable and is like a second home, which is what I need when I stay there several times a year. I know what to expect when I come into hospital now and I know I'm going to get the very best care from people who hold an interest in my condition.

Gemma Kelly, patient with cystic fibrosis

You have helped us to provide a new 12-bed ward for young adults with cystic fibrosis (CF) at the Northern General Hospital. A dedicated team of consultants, specialist nurses, dietitians, physiotherapists and social workers work together at the purpose-built facility, focusing on the needs of the patients fighting this debilitating disease.

The challenge

CF is one of the UK’s most common life-threatening inherited diseases. The disease primarily affects the lungs and the body’s ability to digest food and absorb nutrients. Treatment is lengthy and complex, with patients often being isolated from their family and friends and removed from normal life.

Gemma has to take 50 pills a day consisting of enzymes to digest food, vitamins, a long-term oral antibiotic and general medication to help keep her CF lung and liver disease under control, along with nebulisers twice a day.

She also has physiotherapy every day, and every six to eight weeks is hospitalised for intravenous (IV) antibiotics.

Before we got our CF ward, we were on a general respiratory ward with elderly people. We had to share a toilet and shower with the rest of the ward.

How we raised the £1 million

The NHS provided £1.4m to build the centre, but we needed to raise £1 million to turn the space into a comfortable home from home, equipped with all the necessary medical equipment, for CF patients. We reached the target and the unit was opened in 2010, thanks to a huge range of backers, which included:

Local estate agent Blundells, inspired by several staff members whose family members had CF, donated £5,000. "The staff do a brilliant job and we are pleased to be able to help continue to give patients the excellent care they need," said director Ian Appleyard.

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Sheffield band Arctic Monkeys donated the first bass guitar owned by Nick O'Malley when he joined the group. The bass guitar was put up for auction on eBay in aid of the appeal.

Chief Executive of Sheffield Hospitals Charity David Reynolds led a team of fifteen fundraisers in a tandem skydive, raising nearly £5,000 for the appeal.

The difference you've made

The Centre allows those with CF who do require regular stays in hospital to live as normal a life as possible. All of the medical facilities are there but have been cleverly hidden so it looks like a home from home.

Frank Edenborough, cystic fibrosis consultant at The Sheffield Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre

Designed by architects Race Cottam, the 12 individual, en-suite rooms in the new centre ensure CF patients have no worries about picking up infections from each other. This was previously a critical challenge when sharing facilities on wards.

The rooms have their own entertainment facilities, including wifi and computers, meaning they can continue with work or study while in hospital. There is also a gym on the ward for use by the patients. 

Glide away beds mean friends and family can stay over too, reducing the feelings of isolation a hospital stay can bring.

Thank you!

The centre has made an enormous difference to the lives of our patients. However, there is always more to be done to maintain and improve the care and treatment at the unit and beyond.