Construction has begun on two specialist isolation rooms which will increase the number of beds for youngsters at the Children's Cancer Unit.
The unit at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children will now have facilities to allow patients receiving treatment in Great Britain to recover at home in Northern Ireland. The new rooms include protection isolation which will create a clinically safer environment for vulnerable users of the unit - the only place in Northern Ireland where children with cancer can be treated.
The family of youngster Ross Patterson (7) are among those who will avail of the increased support at home in Belfast.
The specialist rooms are a result of fundraising by the Children's Cancer Unit Charity.
"The Children's Cancer Unit was badly in need of more space and more beds and these rooms will go some way in tackling this issue," Felix Mooney, chair of the Children's Cancer Unit Charity said.