Our key fundraising projects

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 projects within the Appeal.

The expansion of the Spinal Cord Injury Centre

The RNOH’s Spinal Cord Injury Centre (SCIC) is one of the premier spinal cord injury centres in Europe. However, limits on the RNOH’s resources mean that patients who sustain a spinal cord injury have to wait for an average of 56 days before they are admitted to the SCIC, and two-thirds of referrals cannot be accommodated at all.

An immediate priority is to significantly increase the SCIC’s capacity to accept referrals. Due to the hospital’s extremely constrained budgets, this will only be possible with philanthropic support.

Expanding the SCIC will enable us to offer our world-class rehabilitation service to many more spinally-injured patients every year, and to significantly reduce the amount of time patients have to wait before they are admitted to the Centre.

For further information about the SCIC expansion, or if you are interested in making a contribution towards the project, please do contact us.

The new Children and Young People’s Ward

The Children and Young People's Ward Reception

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.

The Children and Young People's Ward Patient Room

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 Children and Young People's Ward 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.

The new Adult Acute Wards

As part of the redevelopment of the RNOH, two new Adult Acute Wards will be built, which will treat patients suffering from a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, including acute hip and knee problems, spinal deformity, and sarcoma, a rare form of cancer requiring highly specialised treatment.

Thanks to the very generous support of the London Irish Group, we have secured funding for one of these two wards. We are now seeking funding for a range of specialist equipment for the second. 

The Imaging 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. This equipment will increase the efficiency of the department dramatically, cutting waiting times in many cases from 8 weeks to between 1 and 2 weeks.

We are seeking funding for the following pieces of imaging equipment:

  • A SPECT CT scanner - £750,000
  • A fluoroscope - £350,000
  • An ultrasound machine - £80,000 


Our other major fundraising projects  

Family accommodation

Princess Eugenie House

When it was launched in April 2012, one of the major fundraising projects within the Redevelopment Appeal was the construction of a new accommodation unit for the families of children being treated at the RNOH.

In December 2013 The Sick Children's Trust made an extremely generous pledge of £1.6 million towards the funding of this unit. This represents a huge step forward for the Redevelopment Appeal, and for the RNOH.

The Independent Living Unit

The Graham Hill Unit

The new family accommodation facility will be housed in a complex called Princess Eugenie House, which will also contain the hospital’s new Independent Living Unit. 

The Independent Living Unit will play an integral role in the rehabilitation of patients who have suffered a life-changing injury such as spinal cord damage. It 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. This will significantly improve their quality of life, and their ability to live independently, after they are discharged and return home.

To donate towards the Independent Living Unit, or any of the above-mentioned projects, please visit our donation page.

The RNOH Charity is also fundraising for a range of smaller projects and items, details of which can be found here.