"My parents never made me feel like I’d been the cause of worry for them, but when I spoke to my mum she said they had difficult life and death conversations about their first child."
Born at Addenbrooke's Hospital at just 24 weeks gestation, Alisha has overcome multiple hurdles to get where she is today. Her passion for the Cambridge Children's Hospital project is her way of giving back to those who saved her life, but also to ensure the new hospital is the best it can be. Sixteen-year-old Alisha, who is a member of our Press Pack, has written her story and also recorded some feedback about what would make a difference to her, and others.
"I think our family’s journey may have been smoother if we’d had mental health support right from the start."
Cambridge Children's Hospital will support the child who is poorly, but also the whole family. That's because being in hospital affects everyone. Thirteen-year-old Macie is a member of Cambridge Children's Press Pack. Her brother Oliver has spent most of his life in and out of hospital. This is Macie's story. It includes a video that she and nine-year-old Oliver made about his 'Beads of Courage'.
"Having multiple complex disabilities has made life harder for me than the average person, but I just do things differently."
Earlier this year we launched Cambridge Children's Press Pack, a chance for young people to share their stories - and help us tell ours! Here, Sarah, 17, writes about her experiences of being in and out of hospital since she was born. Earlier this year, she lost her sight. This article includes an excellent video interview with Sarah done by her fellow Press Packer, Alisha.
Jonnie Peacock gives champion support to new children's ambulance service
Paralympian Jonnie Peacock is supporting a specialist ambulance service for babies and children, as it launches 24/7 in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
Cambridge Children’s Hospital seeks planning permission for early designs
Cambridge Children’s Hospital took another step forward last week by submitting a planning application to Cambridge City Council for the Hospital’s early designs.
Integrating physical and mental healthcare in a paediatric setting
A holistic approach to care will be at the heart of Cambridge Children’s ethos. To do this, it’s important that staff are dual trained in mental and physical health conditions, so they have the skills and knowledge to support and look after every single child and young person who enters the hospital – a whole child approach. This is why the first ChARMS seminar of the academic year was bang on message!
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Moving towards true integration of mental and physical healthcare
An update from Alex White, Cambridge Children's Project Director
“We need a new way to deal with healthcare challenges today, because it’s clear the old ways aren’t working”
In an article for the University of Cambridge’s Alumni magazine, Professor Tamsin Ford and Professor David Rowitch discuss how the new hospital and on-site research centre are set to transform the way we treat – and prevent – mental and physical illness.
Breakthrough could stop young cancer survivors getting cancer
A new study has used in depth genetic sequencing to explore why some children develop secondary leukaemia after being treated for cancer.
11-year-old beats 250 entrants to win design-a-logo competition!
It was the competition that sparked imaginations across the region - design a logo for Cambridge Children's Network to win an £800 gaming PC! Our judges had a tough time with so many brilliant designs to choose from. But we are now delighted to announce our winner.
Cambridge Conversations: Transforming children’s healthcare through genomics and mind-body research and treatment
The latest Cambridge Conversations webinar focuses on 'Transforming children’s healthcare through genomics and mind-body research and treatment'
Research : How do people overcome childhood trauma and adversity?
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How video games can improve mental health
At Cambridge Children’s, clinicians and researchers will work together on innovative ways to improve the mental and physical health of the local community and beyond.
Regional ambulance service for young launched
A new ambulance service which will travel thousands of miles a year transporting the region’s sickest babies and children from hospital to the nearest specialist intensive care unit was launched today (Wednesday 7 April).
A welcome doodle from Cambridge Children's Network
Win a gaming PC worth over £800
Young designers needed to support Cambridge Children’s Hospital project
New tech to test children's eyesight at home
Schoolchildren who have missed out on crucial eye tests during lockdown can now be screened at home using a new digital app.
Mental and physical health research
Treating a child’s mental and physical health from day one will relieve burden on patients and families.
Psychological treatment essential for children with gut disease, new study shows
New research carried out at Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) highlights the urgent need for more NHS clinical psychology appointments to treat growing numbers of bowel conditions in children.
Project design team announced
Turner & Townsend to lead project design team for Cambridge Children's
PaNDR ambulance retrieval service
A new service to transport very sick babies and children within the east of England will launch on 7 April.
Children design new leaflet to help others visiting hospital
Children attending Addenbrooke’s Hospital will now have a better idea of what to expect when they visit – thanks to a new leaflet that has been co-designed by young patients and volunteers.
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Root of a childhood kidney cancer discovered
An Addenbrooke’s doctor who researches the origins of cancer in children has led a breakthrough in the way we understand the childhood kidney cancer Wilms’ tumour.
Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust has successfully raised funds for two new Emergency Children’s Ambulances for the east of England
Generous donations from hospital supporters have helped Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) raise £216,000 for an emergency children’s ambulance service, which will save young lives in the East of England.
ACTIVE children’s board finalist in national awards
ACTIVE – a group of children and young people who help inform decisions at Addenbrooke’s Hospital – is celebrating after becoming a finalist in a national awards’ ceremony.