Eliska Design is proud to be a part of a fantastic fund-raising appeal for a very worthy cause, the More Smiles Appeal for St. Mary’s Hospital.

The vision of the More Smiles Appeal is a world class intensive care unit able to treat every critically ill child that needs it. Every year around 400 patients are admitted to the unit, but they have to turn away hundreds more critically ill children for treatment as far afield as Birmingham because they do not have enough beds. In 2014 the unit turned away 233 children, more than half the number admitted.

With your help, they will expand and renovate the current facility into a new modern unit increasing the number of beds from 8 to 15, allowing more than 200 extra children to be treated each year.

This new unit will be modern and fit for purpose, with increased space around each bed so clinical staff can provide life giving care safely; the most up-to-date equipment so staff can deliver world class care; a dedicated fully equipped parents’ room and a bereavement room. No longer will difficult conversations take place at a crowed bedside or in a small parents’ kitchen with a lack of privacy.

The new state of the art unit will allow the consultants and clinical staff to deliver outstanding care and provide emotional support that every child and their family deserve.

The appeal goes way beyond what an overstretched NHS can provide – giving the best environment for critically ill children, worried and stressed parents, and staff.

About PICU at St. Mary’s Hospital:

In 1992, Dr Parviz Habibi joined St Mary’s Hospital with the task of setting up a new children’s intensive care unit (PICU). With one bed, one nurse and one consultant, he set about building what would become an eight bed state-of-the-art intensive care unit from which we still operate today.

Since then we’ve treated over 7,000 newborns to 18-year-olds and made an incredible difference to the lives of numerous critically ill children.

We innovated ‘mobile intensive care’ which became the national standard for transferring critically ill children between hospitals. We developed new treatments for conditions such as meningitis and septicaemia for which we have the lowest mortality rate in the developing world.

We have built a team of passionate, dedicated professionals that provide among the highest level of excellence in care found in the country and demonstrate some of the best teamwork of any unit. But our once modern, state of the art unit has aged, and is now in desperate need of modernisation, more space and more beds, as more than 200 patients are being turned away every year.

Quite simply demand is outstripping supply. By supporting this appeal, you will be helping us build a new unit that will last another 20 years, where our team can continue to provide exceptional care to thousands more children and build upon our legacy of clinical excellence.

With your support we will give more children the future they deserve and crucially be able to save more lives.

To donate to this worthy cause, please visit www.moresmiles.org.uk/donate