Lead CNS Cat Wilde and Deputy CNS Emily Watson, have devised a new training programme to train paediatric nurses in care of patients on Tiger Ward. The first programme took place in December and was extremely well received by all of the staff involved, with an increase in staff training from 54% to 85% in just three months. The course is scheduled to take place every three months.

Cat Wilde and Emily Walton recently attended a two-day communication training course and two nurses from the Children’s Hospital at Home Team at Croydon University Hospital attended an oncology study day at the Royal Marsden in January. The oncology course explained solid tumours and brain tumours in detail, current treatment, side effects and advancing care.

Coffee mornings…..
From February, we will be hosting monthly coffee mornings on Tiger Ward, an opportunity for the oncology families and staff to get together to discuss potential fundraising ideas and to look at how best to utilise the funds we raise.

With the increase in the number of oncology children with complex needs, specialist equipment is extremely valuable but can be costly. We were pleased to be able to fund an ‘Invadex Trolley’ for use on the children’s wards at the QE. The Invadex Trolley is very similar to an ‘ED Trolley’ but is height adjustable so that it can be used in the bath or shower. Robert Cole, Interim Head of Nursing Children and Young People, Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust said: “Thank you so much for providing the Trolley which is of great benefit, not only from a hygiene point of view but also for sensory therapy. Your on-going support, as always, is much appreciated.” And there is more…. We repaired, moved and levelled the pool table for the Teenagers Room on Tiger Ward. We have been topping up the Tiger Ward’s Treasure Basket which helps the children to take their mind off their treatment for a short while.

On Toni & Guy Oncology Ward at King’s College Hospital, we replenished the Neutropenic Cupboard with brand new toys and games, and donated a fantastic luxury toy kitchen, complete with accessories, for the oncology children.

Our young oncology patients on Toni & Guy Ward at King’s College Hospital received wonderful hand and foot reflexology massages by qualified Reflexologist, Elieen Tottman. Play Specialist Simmi Dhupar said: “The treatments were extremely positive and well received by our patients, and we have booked Eileen to come back to the Ward for further treatments as they have been so beneficial.”

Our ‘Children’s Oncology Travel Service’ has been busy, providing taxis to and from appointments, when an ambulance is not available, to alleviate some of the stress during these times.

Congratulations to Orla Simpson, Children’s Oncology Nurse Specialist at Croydon University Hospital, who recently became a mum in March