Anniversary event for Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital

The Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital, part of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, will be celebrating its 165th anniversary in April, with a year of events starting with an evening of music and talks from 6pm to 9pm on Wednesday 3 April 2019.

The children’s hospital admitted its first inpatients on April 3, 1854 thanks to the generosity and goodwill of Swedish opera singer, Jenny Lind. It was the second such hospital to open in the UK, with Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children having opened only two years earlier. Speakers at the event include retired lecturer in Children’s Nursing, Bruce Lindsay who has written a history of The Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital, plus the Mr Richard England, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital, who said:  “Today, we provide a first class service for sick children and their families carrying on the good work enabled by Jenny Lind all those years ago.”

The  modern Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital provides emergency and specialist care to Children and young people from Norwich, Norfolk and often from further afield too.  There is a large team of experts including medical, surgical, community and neonatal consultants, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietetics, speech and language therapist, play specialists, psychologist and other professionals. This means the Jenny Lind can provide high quality multidisciplinary care from birth to adulthood for children and young people with a wide range of medical and surgical problems, whether these are long term or emergency presentations.

Louise Cook, Fundraising Manager, said:  “The local community has a long record of supporting the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital and have a busy year ahead with fundraising activities to add those extras which fall outside the remit of the NHS.”

This free event will be held in the East Atrium and Benjamin Gooch Lecture Theatre at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. We will celebrate the life of Swedish Opera Singer Jenny Lind and explain her role in founding the children’s hospital. Those attending will be able to find out more about the present day services for children and families and learn how they can help us shape the future of the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital.  There will also be live music and refreshments.

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Monday 11th of March 2019 11:27:13 AM