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About Piam Brown

Piam Brown Ward is the Regional Paediatric Oncology and Haematology Unit for Wessex, based on the top floor of Southampton general Hospital. Children come from as far afield as Chichester, Brighton, Portsmouth, Channel Islands, Isle of Wight, Dorchester, Basingstoke besides Bournemouth, Poole, Eastleigh and Fareham.

We cater for children from a day old to 18 years of age so demand on our resources is huge. We treat all types of cancer of  which leukaemia is the most common. Leukaemia accounts for approximately one third of our new patients each year. We receive approximately 90 new families per annum.

The “Team” is multi-disciplinary, led by 3 Consultants, supported by differing grades of doctors in training. Nurses are at different levels in their professions whilst social workers, physiotherapists, dieticians, pharmacists, research and data staff, support and play staff all have an equally important role to play.

All monies raised for us are spent to further support all our patients and their families.

Play Room -  An ongoing need to replace and update toys and activities.

School-Room -  A very important resource, heavily used by all school-aged children Allowance per term is limited so we supplement to meet need. In the evenings and holidays this area is designated for our teenagers.

Outreach - The Paediatric Outreach Nursing Team support children out in the community, visiting at home and at school. They have responsibility for our palliative care patients and we spend funds as appropriate to meet specific requirements.

Outings -  Highly motivating and hugely important .We aim to do something with different age groups throughout the year. Teenagers attend Avon Tyrell in the New Forest for a residential weekend and many are offered the opportunity to go sailing during the summer months. Visits to Longleat, Legoland, Paultons ,Marwell,  Popham Airshow, Southampton Football Club, and Thomas the Tank Engine events are always fully subscribed! Christmas and Easter are big Family celebrations.

Equipment -  Our service is very specialised and expensive to run. Whilst the NHS provides all the basics, the Charity Fund helps to meet the cost of some of our specialised pumps and monitors.

Research and Education -  Without the specialised training in Paediatric Oncology we would not have the nursing staff to run the ward Funds are spent to meet this need by attending conferences, courses etc.

Please support Steve, Andy, Mike and their fellow riders and support team - Thank you in anticipation of your kind generosity.

Jane Buchanan
Charity Fund & Events Coordinator.