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New Mayor of Durham visits Treetops children’s ward at University Hospital of North Durham

The Mayor of Durham, Councillor Pauline Charlton, visited the Treetops children's ward at the University Hospital of North Durham on 31 July, after announcing it as her official charity for the year.

The ward, which cares for children from birth to 16 years old, deals with a wide range of injuries and ailments, from incidents of tonsillitis and asthma, to meningitis and fractures.

 During her visit, Coun Charlton was introduced to some of the ward's patients and experienced its facilities, including a new pain relief machine which helps children recovering from major surgery.

 She also spoke to the Treetops' play specialists, a team dedicated to working with children unsure or anxious about being in hospital, to help them understand their condition or the procedure they are having in hospital, in an uncomplicated way.

 Ward manager, Colin Smith, said, "Our staff and nurses very much enjoyed welcoming the Mayor to the ward and introducing her to the fantastic, varied work that is done here. As part of one of the largest care providers in the country, we treat over 5,500 children a year, aged from the very youngest babies through to teenagers, playing a vital role in helping families from across the region."

 The Mayor of Durham, Councillor Charlton, said, "I am pleased to support the valuable work of the Treetops children's ward. I chose the ward as my charity for the year in recognition of the excellent work that is done there, and I'm pleased to be able to support the ward in continuing to provide this service which is vital to the community."

 Tony Waites, chairman of the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, said, "We are delighted that the Mayor has chosen to honour the Treetops ward by selecting it as her charity for 2013 / 14. It is a valuable resource for children and families in the North East, and any donations from the Mayor's fundraising efforts will be very gratefully received."

'Care received was fantastic and I was very well looked after and very impressed.'

Patient, Day Surgery, Darlington Memorial Hospital