Research Facility Investigating the ‘Senses’ opens at the Children’s Hospital
On Tuesday 7th June, Royal Manchester Children's
Hospital proudly unveiled the hospital's newly refurbished
NIHR/Wellcome Trust Manchester
Children's Clinical Research Facility.
The grand opening gave visitors the first glimpse of an
aspiring, 'senses' themed art project that has turned the
department into a colourful and engaging environment for patients
A generous donation from the Stoller Charitable Trust enabled
the refurbishment of the facility for children and their families
participating in clinical trials, in order to make the ward more
comfortable, fun and patient friendly. At the opening local
businessman Sir Norman Stoller CBE KStJ DL was presented with a
plaque in gratitude for his kind donation.
Sir Norman Stoller CBE KStJ DL said: "It was a real
pleasure and privilege for the Stoller Charitable Trust to provide
support and open the Childrens' Research Unit.To see the
fantastic facilities and meet the dedicated staff involved in
treating and striving to improve the lives of some very poorly
children was such a delight, it really makes the process of giving
The new artwork is themed around 'investigating the senses',
with five individually decorated rooms based on five senses; See,
Smell, Taste, Hear and Feel. Each room reflects the exploratory and
researching characteristics of the facility, based on drawings by
children treated on the ward.
The treatment room features colourful flower designs, with
creatures hidden within the garden scene, designed to help to
distract patients when receiving treatment. Patients are also given
a sense of control when sitting in treatment chair as they are able
to control the ceiling light artwork, 3D clouds and sunlight via
iPad built into the chair.
The growth of the facility has also enabled more research
studies to take place and provide specialist equipment, such as a
new audiology research booth which will be used to develop
paediatric hearing research.
Nick Webb Director, NIHR Wellcome Trust Clinical
Research Facility, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital comments:
"I'm delighted with the new look and feel of our Children's
Clinical Research Facility. Children on studies spend a lot of time
on the ward as in-patients or attending frequent monitoring visits.
During this stressful time, as well as providing clinical care to
the children, we have a responsibility to make the experience for
patients and their families as comfortable as possible.
"I have no doubt that the Stoller Charitable Trust Unit, which
has been designed with input from families, will drastically
improve the experiences of our patients and families visiting our
unit, and I'd like to thank everyone who has been involved in this
Also present at the opening was young patient, Ava
Finn, whose life was saved by pioneering research at the
clinical research facility. When Ava was just shy of six months
old, her parents were told their previously healthy and happy
little girl had only weeks to live. Ava was suffering from an
extremely rare metabolic disease as a result of a missing
Her parents were given the devastating news that there was no
treatment available in Ireland: her only hope was a clinical trial
taking place at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.
Three days after the family arrived in Manchester, Ava received
her first intravenous enzyme replacement therapy and her condition
began to improve. Ava received weekly treatment as an
inpatient at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital for just over six
months and celebrated her first birthday in hospital as a happy and
healthy little girl. A week after her birthday she was allowed to
go home to Ireland for the first time and is now a happy and
healthy three-year old.
Maurice Watkins CBE, Chairman of Royal Manchester
Children's Hospital Charity's fundraising board added: "Royal
Manchester Children's Hospital boasts an enviable research facility
in the Stoller Charitable Trust Unit. The Unit has been able
expand its clinical trials with a new, larger and aesthetically
improved environment, not previously dreamt about. All this will
ultimately lead to new cures for previously untreatable childhood
"When we embarked upon the challenge to raise the funds required
to make this new unit a reality, we could not have envisaged the
overwhelming support we would receive. The future generations
who will benefit from the invaluable work undertaken in this
incredible facility will be forever grateful."
For more information please contact Aimee Loughney
or 07827 886 286
About Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
- The Charity provides resources to make a difficult time a
little bit easier for children and their families who use Royal
Manchester Children's Hospital.
- Royal Manchester Children's Hospital treats over 220,000
patients every year. They come from all over the North West
of England and from other parts of the country for some highly
- Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity is part of the
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Charity. Registered charity number 1049274.
- The other hospitals which make up Central Manchester University
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity are: University Dental
Hospital of Manchester Charity; Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
Charity; Manchester Royal Infirmary Charity; Saint Mary's Hospital
Charity; Trafford Hospitals Charity
About the NIHR/Wellcome Trust Manchester Clinical Research
- Manchester CRF is a purpose-built 24/7 unit focused on
supporting experimental medicine research helping to bring new
drugs and medical devices into patient care.
- The facility is based at Central Manchester University
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and receives funding from the
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
- The CRF offers state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for
adult and children's studies, and has a team of specialist research
nurses and support staff.
- A satellite unit the Children's CRF in the Royal Manchester
Children's Hospital is at the cutting edge of research including
inherited renal, metabolic, and hearing disorders.