A Ready Sanctuary

A sanctuary is a place of safety and protection, offering its inhabitants rest and recuperation.

At the National University Hospital’s (NUH) Paediatric Intensive Care Unit/High Dependency ward, many parents spend sleepless nights at the hospital keeping vigil by their child’s bedside.

Designed to be a ready sanctuary, the newly opened Ronald McDonald Family Room at National University Hospital was established by the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) to offer parents greater care, comfort and support during an emotional period.

A week after her daughter was admitted into the hospital, the Ronald McDonald Family Room provided Ms Karmilah a quiet space to rest without leaving her daughter’s side. No longer having to sleep on the chair in her daughter’s room, she was also relieved of the backaches that developed as a result.

Cosy and comfortable, the aim was to evoke the feeling of a room in a caring, peaceful home where parents like Ms Karmilah could conveniently rest without being too far away from their child.

A kitchen area has been set up with amenities like a fridge, microwave ovens and water dispensers, and stocked with a variety of snacks and beverages for occupants of the room.

For Ms Karmilah, staying at the Ronald McDonald Family Room meant that she could be readily available for her daughter without having to rush to and from the hospital. This way, she is able to remain closer to her daughter and provide her with the care and support that she needs.

During her stay, she found great comfort in the RMHC team and volunteers who frequently offered kind words of encouragement. It was there that she also met other parents going through challenging situations and through conversations with one another, developed a sense of mutual support.

When a child is hospitalised, the love and support of family is as powerful and essential as any medication. Recognising this, the Ronald McDonald Family Room is built to enable families like Ms Karmilah’s to stay constantly close, taking care of parents as they watch over their children.

Find out more about the Ronald McDonald House Charities Singapore here.