Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust,
Brockley Hill, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 4LP
T. 0208 909 5362/5468
The RNOH Charity. Registered Charity Number 226955
The aim of the RNOH’s Redevelopment Appeal is to raise funds, through philanthropic support, for the purchase of essential facilities and equipment which are not affordable within the limits of standard NHS funding. Please read on for information about the key fundraising projects within the Appeal.
To make a donation towards any of these projects, please visit our donation page.
The construction of Princess Eugenie House - a brand new 24-bedroom accommodation unit for the families of children being treated at the RNOH – is one of our two fundraising priorities.
The importance of parents and other family members being able to stay at the hospital while children undergo what is in many cases prolonged and traumatic treatment cannot be overstated. It has been proven that the survival odds for children fighting life-threatening diseases such as bone cancer are significantly improved with the support of a loving family.
At present, our young patients’ families come to stay at the RNOH from all around the country, but the hospital’s existing family accommodation unit was adapted from buildings designed for other purposes, and is very basic and in poor condition. It is also not large enough to meet the demand for rooms, and as there are no double rooms, parents are unable to stay together.
Find out more about Princess Eugenie House.
The second of our two fundraising priorities is the redevelopment of the hospital’s Graham Hill Unit, which will be renamed Graham Hill House.
The Graham Hill Unit plays an integral role in the rehabilitation of patients who have suffered a life-changing injury such as spinal cord damage. However, at more than 30 years old it is now well beyond its prime in terms of structural reliability, and is very costly to maintain.
Graham Hill House will consist of a fully wheelchair-accessible flat and a three-storey house with a stairlift, and will be equipped with state-of-the-art disability and non-disability ‘living aids’ such as warm air body dryers and electric height-adjustable cupboards. These conditions will enable our medical staff to replicate all potential ‘home situations’ within the relative safety of the hospital grounds. Patients will be able to practise and train in self-care and domestic tasks, such as washing, dressing, eating, drinking, and housekeeping.
“Graham Hill was an inspiration to millions of racing fans for his famous gritty determination and extrovert personality. His competitive spirit was nowhere better demonstrated than in his fight to get back to full fitness after he sustained serious leg injuries in an accident in the 1969 USA Grand Prix. The rehabilitation and physiotherapy he received at the RNOH was crucial to this effort. The Graham Hill Unit was created so that others could benefit just as he had done.
"That was a long time ago. The decision to modernise the Unit is a bold one, which my father would have thoroughly approved of. New facilities give us all hope that things can be done better in the future and that new generations will benefit as past ones have. This is an exciting way to remember the name Graham Hill, and all the Hill family are very keen to see the fantastic new Unit completed as soon as possible. The race is on!”
Damon Hill OBE
The RNOH is a national centre of excellence for the treatment of children and adolescents with orthopaedic conditions. Surgery is performed to correct congenital limb abnormalities, treat bone cancer, and correct spinal deformities. Each year over 8,000 children and young people are treated at the RNOH.
Our existing young people’s wards – the Coxen Ward and Adolescent Unit - are due to be replaced as part of the redevelopment of the RNOH’s Stanmore site. Our goal is to equip the new unit with facilities and equipment which befit the hospital’s world-class reputation, and which enhance our young patients’ comfort and improve the quality of their care. As the funding we have so far secured will only pay for a basic NHS ward, we can only do this with philanthropic support.
Find out more about the Children and Young People's Centre.
The RNOH’s Spinal Cord Injury Centre (SCIC) is one of 11 in the UK designated to receive and treat spinal cord-injured patients. It is nationally and internationally renowned for the quality of its care and its pioneering treatment methods.
The existing SCIC is due to be replaced as part of the redevelopment of the RNOH’s Stanmore site. With your help we will be able to equip the new Centre with world-class facilities and equipment, which will have a significant impact on the quality of the care its patients receive.
Find out more about the Spinal Cord Injury Centre.
The imaging service is an integral part of the RNOH’s patient care. It is fundamental to the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of most neuro-musculoskeletal conditions.
The Imaging Centre currently performs scans on an average of 60,000 patients per year, and referral rates and demand for its service are steadily increasing. The workload within the department is also becoming increasingly complex.
In order to cater for the increase in demand for its service, the Imaging Centre needs to purchase several pieces of high tech scanning equipment - including 2 MRI scanners, a SPECT-CT scanner, and X-ray and ultrasound equipment – and suites in which to house it. These suites will increase the efficiency of the department dramatically, cutting waiting times in many cases from 8 weeks to between 1 and 2 weeks.
Items and facilities which require funding include:
We are also fundraising for a range of smaller projects and items, details of which can be found here.
The RNOH Charity. Registered Charity Number 226955
We raise money to help the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital provide world-class care for patients with musculoskeletal conditions, and to support the hospital's pioneering work in orthopaedic research and education