Relocation and expansion of Ronald McDonald House Oxford
In January 2007, we opened a 17 bedroom House located on the top floor of the children’s hospital, which accommodated over 600 families last year, however there were many more who needed our help. The House does not have the capacity to look after every family who needs a place to stay and is unable to support any families who have babies in Newborn Intensive Care. In addition, we cannot provide all the support we offer in our other Ronald McDonald Houses.
Like all specialist children’s hospitals, Oxford Children’s Hospital provides services across a wide region. Children and their families travel from all over the UK, including Northern Ireland, to receive vital care. We are working in partnership with Oxford University Hospitals to develop a new Ronald McDonald House within the grounds of the John Radcliffe Hospital and to extend our services to include Newborn Intensive Care. The new House would be purpose built and better able to fully meet the current and future demand for rooms and offer a true ‘home away from home’.
“We stayed for 11 weeks last February while our daughter was recovering from Gastroschisis. Don't know what we'd of done without Ronald McDonald House Oxford. Made a difficult time so much easier. A wonderful place and fabulous staff. Thank you so much!”
The 62-bedroom House will be constructed in grounds currently identified by the hospital Trust as a development site adjacent to the Children and Newborn services. The House would also have communal living facilities, including kitchens, lounges, playrooms and a laundry room.
Many sick children are treated in specialist hospitals far from home, which can be a frightening experience. For the family it can mean long drives, splitting the family unit or paying vast sums of money on hotel accommodation. That’s why the free service we provide is so vital to these families.
With the good news that planning permission has been granted (Wednesday 6 July 2016), the Charity will consider the next stages as a priority and will work with the hospital and partners over the funding and timing of the new development. A capital appeal has not been ruled out to raise the necessary funds. Similar projects have been in the region of £10-£13 million.