A new chill-out space for teenage patients in West Middlesex will “dramatically improve their hospital experience,” a nursing director has said.

West Middlesex University Hospital now has a dedicated space for teens to enjoy during their stay, thanks to gaming company, SEGA. The company’s European headquarters is based two miles away from the hospital in Brentford.

West Middlesex University Hospital is run by Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The new gaming space has been opened as part of the Sun and Stars Appeal by the trust’s charity, CW+, which is raising £10,000 to update the hospital’s children’s inpatient ward. The aim is to create a more welcoming, child friendly and bright environment for patients and their families. The ward previously had a small, outdated area for teenagers to relax in with limited equipment. 

SEGA and CW+ have worked together with teenage patients to design a bespoke dedicated room which was opened by SEGA character, Sonic the Hedgehog. With fun artwork of classic SEGA characters, the new room also has a “chill out area” with bean bags. There is a new retro gaming station with a selection of board games and books to “help create a cheerful and enjoyable space” for the patients.

Vanessa Sloane, director of nursing at West Middlesex University Hospital, said: “Our ward sees over 1,000 teenagers every year, many who come every week for blood transfusions. 

To have a space for them away from the clinical environment and allow them to spend time with other teenagers, being teenagers, is amazing and will dramatically improve their hospital experience,” she added.

Gemma Brown, West Middlesex manager at CW+, said SEGA’s support had been “fantastic” and the hospital team was “delighted with the finished room. We know how important a supportive environment and providing distraction and entertainment is, particularly for younger patients,” she added. “Thanks to SEGA, we can now offer this to our patients.”

Julie Metior, of SEGA Europe, said: “We are delighted to be able to give back to the local community in such a fun and unique way.  SEGA has dedicated itself to bringing quality entertainment to young people for decades, and we’re glad to continue this legacy at our local hospital; we hope this new-look room will aid in the recovery of young patients for years to come,” she added.

CW+ hopes to conclude the Sun and Stars Appeal soon and transform the rest of the children’s ward.

Plans include a new play room, a ‘home-from-home’ parents’ area, entertainment equipment and technology at every bedside, and bespoke artwork throughout.  

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