Son Espases University Hospital adapts a room for adolescent cancer patients

Mar 27, 2023 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

The name of the room is “La Resistencia” (The Resistance) and was chosen by the adolescents themselves.

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Adapts a room for adolescent cancer patients

Son Espases University Hospital is committed to humanisation through the creation of a room for adolescent cancer patients, separate from the children’s area and designed and adapted for this age group. It is located on the paediatric hospitalisation floor.

This project is the result of a collaboration agreement between the Association of Parents of Children with Cancer of the Balearic Islands (ASPANOB) and El Corte Inglés, through which the organisation has received 8,600 euros worth of furniture to update and fit out a room for adolescents.

The team from the Children’s Haemato-Oncology and Adolescence Unit of the Son Espases University Hospital conducted a survey of adolescents with cancer and, according to the results, the idea of having their own leisure space was received as a success. The young people have named it “La Resistencia” (The Resistance).

The councillor for Health and Consumer Affairs, Patricia Gómez, visited the room today along with the medical director of Son Espases University Hospital, Carmen Sanclemente; the president and manager of ASPANOB, Jaume Coll and Eulàlia Rubio; the director of Institutional Relations and Sustainability of El Corte Inglés, Jordi Romañach, and the head of Institutional Relations of El Corte Inglés in the Balearic Islands, Antonio Sánchez.

Gómez explained that it is essential that the privacy of children and adolescents is respected during their stay in the hospital: “having a room for adolescents provides a playful space for them, where they can have a moment of fun, share experiences and continue to be adolescents with their needs”.

The coordinator of the Child and Adolescent Haemato-Oncology Unit at Son Espases University Hospital, José Antonio Salinas Sanz, explains that initiatives like this help to improve the quality of life of patients. “Adolescent cancer patients should have their own physical space for treatment, as well as their own physical space for leisure and free time in order to be able to treat their illness in a comprehensive manner, placing the person and their needs at the centre,” he said.

El Corte Inglés, through its decoration department at the Avenidas centre (DecorStudio), carried out the decoration project for the room, adapted to the needs of the young people and the technical requests of the Hospital Universitario Son Espases.

La Resistencia has a two-seater sofa, two armchairs, a television, a fold-out table, a bookshelf, six stackable chairs and a desk, as well as special vinyl flooring for the room and wallpaper for the walls.