Arsenal Football Club open new Lung Function Unit
8 November 2012
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity was delighted to welcome Arsenal Football Club to the hospital to officially open the Arsenal Lung Function Unit.
Arsene Wenger opens the Arsenal Lung Function Unit
On Thursday 8 November, Arsenal Football Club visited the hospital to officially open the new state-of-the-art Arsenal Lung Function Unit – a legacy from the club’s partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity during the 2009/10 season.
Special guests Arsène Wenger, Carl Jenkinson and Jack Wilshere attended the event and took a tour of the Unit.
The new facility will provide care for children who suffer from a range of respiratory problems and has been designed to provide a modern and spacious environment for children and their families and will help young patients of all ages.
Arsene Wenger speaking at the press conference
During the visit, the group met 11-year-old Harry, one of the patients who will benefit from the new state-of-the-art unit. They also tested out some of the equipment for themselves, such as the new body plethysmograph and incremental step test.
After the tour Arsène Wenger and Paul Aurora, Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine and Lung Transplantation at Great Ormond Street Hospital, hosted a press conference for various media which featured a section about how everyone at the club – including fans, staff and players – contributed to making the new unit possible.
Arsène Wenger, Jack Wilshere and Carl Jenkinson with patient Harry
Speaking about the opening, Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger, said: "Everyone at Arsenal should feel incredibly proud that their generosity has helped to create such a wonderful new unit, which will help thousands of young children visiting Great Ormond Street Hospital."
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Before the Arsenal partnership, the facilities within the Lung Function Unit badly needed updating. The amazing generosity of the Arsenal players, staff and supporters has enabled us to create this fantastic new department that will be used by patients from small babies right up to teenagers. We are so grateful to everyone at Arsenal Football Club for their support.
Paul Aurora, Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine and Lung Transplantation at Great Ormond Street Hospital