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Ronald McDonald House

Plans for family accommodation on the John Radcliffe Hospital site

Design for Ronald McDonald House
Design for new Ronald McDonald House

Plans are underway for a new development to provide on-site accommodation for the parents of sick children and babies who are patients in our John Radcliffe Hospital.

Click on the link below to view proposals.

The Trust is working with the independent charity Ronald McDonald House Charities, which already provides 17 bedrooms in the Oxford Children's Hospital for parents and families. Plans are at a very early stage (pre-planning application) to develop a new Ronald McDonald House within the grounds of the John Radcliffe Hospital.

The plans were unveiled on 16 January 2016, and marked the ninth anniversary since the charity opened its first accommodation in the Oxford Children's Hospital in 2007. The outline designs are for a new stand-alone House with around 60 bedrooms to be built in the hospital grounds adjacent to Woodlands Road.

The designs can be viewed on the Ronald McDonald House Charity's website: proposed relocation of Ronald McDonald House Oxford.

The House will give families a place to rest, relax, cook, clean and be together away from the stress of the hospital. Communal facilities such as kitchens, playrooms and lounges that are found in other Ronald McDonald Houses across the UK have been included in these plans to provide a real 'home away from home' for the families that stay.

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 treatment and care. Whilst accommodation for parents is possible overnight next to their child's bed or cot, the current facilities are not suitable for use for longer than a few days, or for more than one parent. The proposed new family accommodation will also support families who have babies in the hospital's Newborn Intensive Care Unit.

Funding of around £9 million needs to be raised over the next couple of years before the expansion and relocation of the Oxford Ronald McDonald House can be progressed.

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