The past year has seen a transformation in the Intensive Care Unit, thanks to the pioneering MoVE project – the first of its kind in a children’s hospital in the UK.
MoVE stands for ‘Move on Ventilation Early’, and helps children to recover more quickly by getting them moving as soon as possible following their admission.
We are proud to have supported the MoVE project from its inception thanks to the Devenny Family Fund, and have funded special equipment that helps children take part in physical activity, even if they cannot leave their beds. The activity is not strenuous, and can be as simple as sitting up for a cuddle, or being taken for a short walk away from the ward.
“Thanks to Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, we can give everyone a few wee moments of normality in an overwhelming environment. It’s lovely to walk around the unit now and see things that you just wouldn’t have seen a year ago."
Jenna hills, physiotherapy team
The MoVE project has led to children in intensive care having the chance to be cuddled, play, exercise from their beds or even be taken for a walk round the hospital grounds. This is a dramatic change for young patients in Intensive Care who in the past would have spent entire days confined to their beds.
The MoVE project has changed our days with Josh. We didn't think we could even move him in PICU, let alone play on the mat. It's given us back a bit of normality and let us do all of the things we've been missing out on - going for a walk with the pram, getting cooried in for cuddles. You almost forget that he's sick. The tubes and the ventilators aren't a big deal any more.Claire, Josh's Mum