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New Ronald McDonald House family room inside Kamloops hospital will be first outside Lower Mainland

Last Updated Jan 26, 2020 at 10:14 am PDT

Ronald McDonald House BC (Coursety: Google Photos Garth TE Madden)

A new family room coming to the hospital in Kamloops is the first outside Metro Vancouver

The families of children needing medical care will soon have a temporary home within the Kamloops hospital

Money was raised by the Vancouver-based Ronald McDonald House

KAMLOOPS (NEWS 1130) — The hospital in Kamloops will soon be home to a place giving the families of children needing medical care a chance to always stay just a few feet away.

BC and Yukon Ronald McDonald House CEO Richard Pass says, When the family room inside Royal Inland Hospital opens in 2024, no fees will be attached.

“It reduces the emotional strain and the financial strain, but it also gives an opportunity for the whole family to stay together, as opposed to just have one parent in a hospital room chair, for example, and that way, with the family together, there’s more support and better healing opportunity.”

He adds it will give parents a place to relax and sleep just steps away from their child.

“The opportunity to have a place to stay.  That has no fee attached to it at all.  It’s right in the hospital, that they can make food, that staff and volunteers will have cookies and coffee and other opportunities to connect with computers or whatever they may not have, really helps keep that family together and take off the pressure A financially and B with the stress.”

The room is a smaller version of the Vancouver-based Ronald McDonald House which is home to 2,000 families every year.

The one at Royal Inland Hospital is the first to open outside the Lower Mainland.

Surrey Memorial also has one.

The Family Room in Kamloops will also be designed as a comforting retreat for parents and siblings seeking solace, as well as help them build connections with others in what’s described as a calm and supportive environment.