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Second facility for the Ronald McDonald Charity
This is the first Ronald McDonald House in Wales, providing free 'home away from home' accommodation for families who have children being treated at the Noah's Ark Children's Hospital and neo-natal intensive care unit at University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.
The four-storey facility is just across the road from the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital and will be available to families of children being cared for there, and to those with babies in the neo-natal unit at University Hospital of Wales. The 30-bedroom house is run by independent charity, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and was developed with the Cardiff and Value University Health Board.
It is equipped with en-suite bedrooms, large enough to sleep four, as well as kitchens, dining areas, lounges, playroom areas and laundry facilities to help support and keep families together.
It means families can stay as long as they need in a stress-free environment, saving them the expense of travel and accommodation, and allowing them to be on hand for their child at all times. Families of sick children stay free of charge as its all funded by The Ronald McDonald House Charity.
Noah's Ark Children's Hospital provides specialist medical care for up to 100,000 children each year and existing hospital accommodation is not able to accommodate every family who needs to stay close to their sick child.
The Ronald McDonald House supports 30 families each night of the year. It means that:
We had to build the home on a very confined site on a live hospital campus, sandwiched between the perimeter fence and an estate road, many services needed to be diverted or avoided for the construction activity. It meant we had to plan logistics carefully - see our team below.
Phil Barry, directorate manager for child health:
"The health board welcomes the opportunity to work with Ronald McDonald House Charities who have significant experience providing support to parents and families in a number of other children's hospitals across the UK. We hope that through this collaboration we will be able to provide improved care and help to families when they are supporting children being treated at the Noah's Ark Children's Hospital for Wales."