Trust Consultant opens a first-of-its-kind sensory space in southern Cambodia, to enhance medical and nursing care for children and young people

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Trust Consultant opens a first-of-its-kind sensory space in southern Cambodia, to enhance medical and nursing care for children and young people
11 December 2017

Dr Bratati Bose-Haider, consultant paediatrician at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury has jointly opened a first-of-its-kind facility that will provide valuable support for children and young people attending a children’s centre in Sihanoukville, southern Cambodia.

This is the second SicKids Sensory Space to open, after the first was unveiled at North Manchester General Hospital in September 2017.

Dr Bose-Haider opened the new sensory space with Roth Chanphalkun, Co-Director of M’Lop Tapang children’s centre. She then spent a week providing medical clinics and outreach work for children and young people who will benefit greatly from the Sensory Space, alongside another Trust doctor Professor Andrew Rowland (pictured far right), Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at North Manchester General Hospital and also SicKids’ founder and chairperson.

The sensory space is the first-of-its-kind in Cambodia, and has been built thanks to the generosity of SicKids’ supporters and Rompa®, a leading supplier of sensory equipment.

Sensory facilities are proved to support the development of the senses – like touch, hearing and sight – through special lighting, music, tactile objects and a calming environment.

Since the opening of the first SicKids Sensory Space at North Manchester General Hospital in September, children have benefited from the life-enhancing opportunities it offers 24/7.

Now the same opportunities are available in one of Cambodia’s poorest regions, where developmental delay is prevalent among children and young people, due to health concerns related to poverty.

With Dr Bratati Bose-Haider’s visit, children, young people and health and social care workers in Sihanoukville have benefited from the expertise and experience of one of the UK’s most notable children’s doctors.

During the week-long trip to Cambodia, in which the sensory space was built, Dr Bratati and Professor Andrew treated almost 70 children, both in the medical clinic and on outreach in the community. The SicKids team broadcast a daily vlog on YouTube as a video diary of the week. It can be found on the SicKids YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEQ7m6r8vgFm8d6ztug1YOg

Professor Andrew Rowland, Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at North Manchester General Hospital and SicKids’ founder and chairperson, said:

“Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, and the excellent team at Rompa®, I’m thrilled about the opening of our Sensory Space in Cambodia. It’s the first-of-its-kind in a country where developmental delay in children is extremely common. An amazing team work at M’Lop Tapang, and the sensory space will help them go even further in the lifesaving and supportive care they offer to children and young people across the local region.”

Dr Bratati Bose-Haider, consultant paediatrician at Fairfield General Hospital, Bury, said:

“It’s been a pleasure to spend the week with the excellent team at M’Lop Tapang. Having seen firsthand the conditions affecting many patients this week, I’ve no doubt the SicKids Sensory Space will greatly enhance the lives of the children and young people here. Thanks to SicKids for giving me this wonderful opportunity.”

Roth Chanpalkun, co-director of M’Lop Tapang, said:

“On behalf of everyone who works at M’Lop Tapang, and the thousands of families we support, sincere thanks to the team at SicKids, and their supporters, for providing this amazing facility. I have no doubt that the new SicKids Sensory Space will significantly improve the care we offer, and help us lead the way in supporting the wellbeing of children and young people in Cambodia.”