On 6 January 2016, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Singapore, with the support of the Paediatric Cluster at the National University Hospital (NUH), opened the doors of its new Ronald McDonald Family Room at the hospital.
Located just steps away from the newly expanded Paediatric Intensive Care Unit)/ High Dependency (PICU/HD) ward, the Ronald McDonald Family Room offers a place of rest and respite exclusively for families whose children are hospitalised in these wards – at no cost. The Family Room can accommodate 14 persons at any one time, allowing families to take a break from the ward and recharge themselves in a comfortable home-like environment. They can grab a bite, take a quick shower, have a power nap, watch TV or enjoy free WIFI access provided.
The Ronald McDonald Family Room is the latest strategic partnership between the National University Hospital and RMHC Singapore. It was established as part of NUH’s renovation and expansion plan for its PICU and reflects a common vision to enhance the quality of support and care for children and their families in Singapore.
Significantly, the Ronald McDonald Family Room will augment the intent of the existing Ronald McDonald House at NUH that opened in January 2013. The 4-bedroom House has been able to serve over 300 families (or more than 4,000 room nights) in three years, providing a “home-away-from-home” facility for families to stay in and be close to their hospitalised children. Today, both facilities together play a complementary role at NUH, providing even more families with greater support and care during the emotional journey of their children’s medical crises.
Facilities of the RMFR include:
- Kitchen area equipped with a fridge, microwave ovens and water dispenser, and a variety of snacks and beverages provided
- Shower facilities with clean towels and basic toiletries provided
- Seating areas to dine in, read or watch television
- Resting corner to relax in or take a nap
- Internet access
Special thanks to Creative Mind Design Pte Ltd for the generous donation of interior design services