Privacy and peace for haematology patients Having experienced such a serious condition, I understand how important the new single rooms are. When you feel really ill and anxious about your health you just want your own space. Being able to watch TV when you want, in a nicely decorated room, with access to Wi-Fi so you can keep in contact via skype, make a huge difference. These distractions will make the experience so much more bearable. – Sarah Fulcher, 32, patient In recent years, numbers of local people needing treatment for blood diseases and disorders has risen dramatically. The Haematology Service at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital takes pride in being able to offer excellent care to these patients. However, despite the world class treatment available, being diagnosed and being admitted to hospital can cause immense distress and anxiety. Together with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, we recognised how important it was that this journey was made as comfortable and stress-free as possible for patients and their families. That’s why we launched a £300,000 appeal to redevelop the inpatient haematology ward, to include an extra 17 single rooms where patients can undergo difficult treatment in isolation to protect their weakened immune systems, and provide more privacy and peace. The generosity of local people motivated to give and to fundraise, has made a real and lasting difference to patients’ quality of life by making these new private rooms a real ‘home from home’. Donations from local people and businesses have made it possible for the ward to include large windows, providing a much needed link to the outside world, bespoke artwork and mood lighting, plus extra-comfortable reclining chairs which aid circulation and reduce bed sores, or allow a loved one to stay close and spend the night. Built in storage, personal fridges, safes and cupboards, allow patients to bring their own belongings, food and drink during treatment. Wi-fi, televisions, games consoles and DVDs help to break the monotony of treatment for patients, as well as allowing them to stay in touch with family and friends. If you’ve ever been in hospital, you will know how important comforts like this can be.