New relaxation suite in Leeds hospital

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Youngsters set to undergo heart surgery in Leeds will now be able to stay in a state-of-the-art relaxation suite, prior to their operation.

The DM Thomas Foundation for Young People has awarded a grant of £8,000 to the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF) to install a new multi-sensory environment at Leeds General Infirmary.

Patients will be able to choose images, colours and music that will reduce their anxiety before a procedure and consequently help their recovery post-surgery.

The unique multi-sensory environment will form the suite in the soon-to-be-built children’s heart theatre at Leeds General Infirmary, and will help relax and soothe babies, children and young adults before they undergo heart surgery.

Committed to improving the care, treatment experiences and wellbeing of young people aged up to 25 who are sick or life-limited, DM Thomas Foundation for Young People provides specialist equipment, care and support through targeted grant-giving.

Sharon Coyle, CEO of CHSF said: “We’re incredibly grateful to the DM Thomas Foundation for this grant towards a state-of the-art relaxation and distraction tool for our young patients.

“Children’s Heart Surgery Fund is committed to supporting the heart, mind, family and future of patients treated at the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit, and this brilliant equipment is a prime example of supporting mental health.

“The new theatre is crucial to keep Leeds at the forefront of national cardiac care, and this technology fits in perfectly with that vision.”