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Flying the KITE for children with complex needs

Published 10/04/2013

A brand new department for children with complex medical needs has been officially opened at the Derbyshire Children’s Hospital by Mansfield paralympic gold medal winning swimmer Ollie Hynd MBE. 

This dedicated department called KITE (Kids in their Environment) cares for children who have life limiting diseases and chronic conditions such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis and chronic asthma.  

The children can come to the department as a day patient for all their care needs, avoiding lengthy hospital stays. This means that they can live at home, go to school and spend time with friends and family.

The KITE department is now situated in the former Children’s Emergency Department next to the Children’s outpatient department and has its own entrance.

Matron, Anne Denness said: “We have tried to make the department as child friendly and relaxing as possible. Along with artwork on the walls we have computer games and TVs for the older children to use and the play team are also on hand to provide distraction games for the younger children.

“Having a dedicated department is hugely important for children with complex health needs, and the aim of the KITE team, like their name, is to look after children in their own environment so they can have their treatment at home with support from a specialist team.”

Mum Elaine Green from Long Eaton, said: “Sam was diagnosed at three months old with quadriplegic cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and these amazing people have made such a difference to our lives. Without their kindness and support it wouldn’t have been possible for Sam to be at home. If I’m worried about anything I can ring the KITE team and they provide support or even a home visit. It truly is a superb service.” 

Ollie Hynd, MBE and paralympic gold medal winner officially opened the KITE department and, said: “The children who come here will find the department really beneficial and I am more than happy to support the event.”


For further information, please contact:

Liz Smith

Communications Officer

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


01332 785778

Last Modified 10/04/2013