We raise funds for the Special Care Baby Unit and the Robin Ward (Children's Ward) of the hospital to help them purchase medical equipment. Last year, we assisted the Robin Ward with the purchase of a Baby Pod II transportation unit for infant air travel. We hope to assist the Special Care Baby Unit with the addition of a Family Room to the ward in 2014.
We assist Jersey families with sick children who must
travel to the UK for treatment. While the States of Jersey will pay for the
child patient and one parent, there are many associated costs which families
can struggle to meet.The Hospital Travel Office will not pay the
- relatives’ accommodation
- food and meals
- private arrangements
- care of animals
- maintenance of property and vehicles
- loss of earnings
Furthermore, any reimbursement of travel costs and accommodation
for non-emergency appointments are means tested so many families will receive
nothing. The means testing extends to certain medication and medical equipment
as well. We have been able to help more than ten families in the past year and
we hope to be able help many more.