Work is set to begin at Ysbyty Gwynedd’s Children’s Ward to improve the facilities available for the youngest patients at the hospital.

The £154,000 project was made possible by local Caernarfon based charity Gafael Llaw who have generously donated £85,000 towards the development.

The work will include improving the bathroom facilities on Dewi Ward to meet the needs of children with disabilities.

The improvements will also involve the creation of a new sensory room on Minffordd Ward that will provide therapeutic support for children during their stay.

Clinical Services Manager for Paediatrics and Neonatal Services at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Jo Douglas, said: “We are really looking forward to seeing the work begin on the Children’s Ward which will improve the environment and facilities available for our patients.

“We would like to thank Gafael Llaw and the community for their generous donations which has enabled us to have a vision of how we want to develop the ward to care for children in North Wales.

“These funds have ensured that we are able to create a bathroom facility which is suited for the needs of our children with disabilities which will help to maintain their dignity.

“The sensory room will also be of huge benefit to our patients, especially those with mental health issues and children who have sensory loss.

“Many children are understandably nervous and frightened before they undergo an operation so having a sensory room on the ward would help distract them during this time and minimise any distress they are feeling.

“These improvements to the ward will certainly create a happier environment and improve the service we offer our youngest patients.”

Since Gafael Llaw was established in 2013, the charity has supported many projects, including donating £20,000 to the oncology unit at Alder Hey to fund two new rooms and funding to establish a Welsh language library in the hospital.

They have also donated over £30,000 to support a dedicated room on Ysbyty Gwynedd’s Children’s Ward for children living with cancer, new medical equipment and artwork on the ward, as well as the much loved play area.

Gafael Llaw Chairman, Iwan Trefor Jones said: “We’re delighted to see the improvement work getting under way on the ward. We have contributed £85K towards this project to build a sensory room and to develop accessible toilets and a bathroom for children and young people on the ward, and we are really pleased to see the work progress.

“This money has been raised by the local community, through our own fundraising events and kind donations. Over the last four years our committed team of volunteers have given so much time and effort to raising funds and their commitment and determination has inspired others to volunteer, businesses to sponsor events, and community groups to raise money on our behalf.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has supported us and who continue to do so. We are more passionate than ever to make a difference for children with cancer in this region and we look forward to seeing the difference it will make to children on the ward.”

The project is due to complete by the end of March.

Photos: Members of local Caernarfon based charity Gafael Llaw with Clinical Services Manager for Paediatrics and Neonatal Services at Ysbyty Gwynedd receiving a tour of the Children’s Ward to see where the work will take place.

Members of the Children’s Ward team celebrating the news of the impending work with a young patient.