Video: Countess of Wessex opens Leeds hospital facility aimed at teenagers

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THE COUNTESS OF Wessex opened a new facility aimed at improving the experience of younger hospital patients in Leeds.

Known as The Place 2be, the new space gives teenagers a place to meet away from wards at the Leeds Children’s Hospital, of which the Countess is patron, at the Leeds General Infirmary.

The facility was created following input from the hospital’s Youth Forum.

The Youth Forum is made up of young hospital patients, many of whom have conditions which mean they spend a long time away from home, and makes recommendations on improving facilities.

The Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal has helped fund the new space while the Rays of Sunshine charity provided equipment.

Sue Morgan, a Teenage Cancer Trust nurse consultant, who works closely with the group, said the forum was a “fantastic group of young people who are full of ideas”.

She added: “We’re really grateful for the charitable support we have received to make this facility possible. It will truly help transform the experience for many of our young people.”

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