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Hospital family unit allows parents to stay with children

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Harrow Council has approved the construction of a new £3m unit enabling parents to stay with children undergoing surgery at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH).

Based in Brockley Hill and funded by the Ronald McDonald House Charities organisation (RMHC), the three-storey high, 28-bedroom structure will allow parents to stay near the hospital free of charge.

Final approval will now be sought from the mayor’s office and the government office for London.

Cllr Marilyn Ashton, Harrow Council’s portfolio holder for planning, development and enterprise, said: ‘The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital draws patients from across the country so there is clearly a need for modern rooms to accommodate them. These rooms will allow parents, brothers and sisters to stay on the site.’

RMHC Director Jon Haward said: ‘Having a child admitted into hospital is every parent’s worst nightmare. Ronald McDonald Houses provide support for families at this difficult time, enabling them not only to stay together, but also to share their experiences with other families going through the same thing.’

The RNOH admits children from across the UK for a wide variety of illnesses, but is particularly recognised as a leader in the field for the treatment of neuro-musculoskeletal illness.

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