Lawyers from the specialist healthcare team at law firm Sintons have helped the £1.9m ‘Home from Home’ at the Freeman Hospital to become a reality.
The Newcastle firm completed legal work on the development which will accommodate families of children who are receiving treatment at the hospital’s internationally-renowned Children’s Heart Unit.
The new unit – named Scott House - has been funded by the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) and the Sick Children’s Trust and will provide free accommodation and emotional and practical support, during what can often be a lengthy period away from home.
The 18-bedroom development will support up to 600 families a year, who travel to the Freeman from across the UK and sometimes beyond.
CHUF has donated £1m towards the project, with North East businessman Graham Wylie - a passionate supporter of the unit’s work – spearheading the drive to raise the additional funds.
Sintons’ healthcare team advised the Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust throughout the project and prepared the lease and construction documentation which allowed the development to proceed.
Sintons also has a close and long-standing relationship with CHUF, and has been the organisation’s legal advisor for several years.
The team for this transaction, led by Hilary Parker – head of Healthcare at Sintons – involved Associate Sarah Parish overseeing the property aspects and construction specialist solicitor Alex Rayner advising the Trust on the building and construction side.
Hilary Parker, partner at Sintons, said: “The lifesaving work of the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital is renowned around the world, and with this latest addition to the site, it will continue to lead the way, with outstanding medical care coupled with support and a welcoming place to stay for children’s families.
“The healthcare team at Sintons has been involved in many nationally-significant property transactions, and we are very pleased to have played a role in this Home from Home. As advisors to the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, as well as also being lawyers to CHUF, this has been a project close to the hearts of everyone at Sintons. It is a true delight to see it become a reality.”
Scott House was officially opened last week, with guests including CHUF patrons Alan Shearer and Ant and Dec.