A new Safe Space bed is now available at Scunthorpe Hospital, providing additional safety for children with complex needs .
The Safe Space bed – funded by our official charity the Health Tree Foundation (HFT) – is designed to offer additional protection to children with conditions such as epilepsy and autism.
It prevents children from climbing out of bed, allowing them – and their parents – to feel more secure.
Colin Howsam’s daughter Tilly, recently used the bed after coming onto the Disney Ward for care.
He said: “Normally, you cannot leave your child’s side for one minute but with this bed, you feel they are safe. The staff are busy and you cannot always be by their bedside.
“Tilly has used the bed before and loves it as she has one at home too. I think they are a godsend.”
Colin runs a group called Tilly’s Dream which raises money for travel safe space beds so parents can take them on holiday.
Beverley Chesman, children’s complex needs nurse, said: “I submitted a ‘wish’ to the HTF to get this bed. We get a lot of children with sensory issues who could benefit from that secure space.
“Parents can find it quite difficult to sleep as they’re worried their child might try and climb out of the bed. The parents have really welcomed the bed.”
Emma Hartley, Scunthorpe’s community champion for HTF, said: “It is fantastic that we’ve been able to fund this bed, which makes such a difference to patients and their families.”