New ICU unit for the Red Cross

New ICU unit for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s hospital, thanks to you

If you’re taking part in this year’s Cape Cycle Tour on a Children’s Hospital Trust charity ticket then you’ve got a lot more than a medal to be proud of.

New ICU unit for the Red Cross

By taking part in this year’s Cape Town Cycle Tour you have the opportunity to help children in need through The Children’s Hospital Trust.

The Children’s Hospital Trust was established in 1994 to raise funds for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital – the largest stand-alone tertiary hospital in sub-Saharan Africa, dedicated entirely to children. Funds raised are allocated to upgrade its buildings, purchase state-of-the-art equipment and to develop its professional staff – ensuring that this iconic hospital retains its world-class stature.

The Children’s Hospital Trust is driven by our commitment to get children back home where they belong – safe from injury and the burden of disease that is rife on the African continent. We believe that every day spent in hospital is a day less of childhood.

On 6 March 2016, the Cape Town Cycle Tour kicks off and cyclists come from far and wide to take part of this epic race; at the same time experiencing 109km of sheer South African beauty.

The Children’s Hospital Trust offer charity spots for the race to those people who’d like to test their endurance while contributing to a great cause at the same time.

With a serious shortage of paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds in South Africa, a R100 million-plus expansion and upgrade of the Paediatric ICU (PICU) at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital will significantly improve intensive care services given to critically ill and injured children. Capacity will also be greatly increased, addressing the desperate need for more beds to treat the country’s littlest patients.

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Construction has officially begun on the unit, which is expected to be completed by October 2017 and by representing the Children’s Hospital trust in this year’s Cape Cycle Tour you’ve proven not only your physical endurance; but more importantly your commitment to helping those who need it most.

CEO of the Trust, Louise Driver, explains, “The current Paediatric ICU not only has too few beds, but is also confined and crowded with insufficient space around the patients’ beds to accommodate life-saving equipment, nursing staff and anxious parents. There is also no suitable and private space for breastfeeding mothers and family counselling. As more nursing staff are required to be on duty 24/7, there is a real lack of comfortable staff facilities. The expansion and upgrade comes at a critical time and will go a long way in supporting child healthcare not only in South Africa but for other parts of the continent as well. This aim could not be reached without the incredibly generous donors who contribute generously to our efforts.”