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Welcome to Children's Research Space

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What facilities does Research Space have?

Our new space themed Children’s Research Facility officially opened in June 2017! 

Research Space is a bright and welcoming place, designed for children and young people. We have some amazing facilities and equipment to help make your visit as comfortable as possible:

  • A large open-plan waiting area, with modern seating
  • Games, toys and entertainment facilities
  • An interactive floor projection system to play on whilst waiting
  • Sensory colour changing lighting tube and infinity tunnel in the consent room
  • A 3D distraction unit (called the VPOD) 
  • Dedicated research staff and play specialists
  • Space themed art work 
  • Free Wi-Fi courtesy of WIFI Spark
Four Research space treatment rooms


 What is it like to visit Research Space?

These are some comments from our visitors:

Rhia aged 6 playing digital football

"The magic floor was super fun. I really liked it"- Rhia

"There's a cool glow up room, it was really fun"- Olivia 

"I really enjoyed the centre! It's amazing and fun!!"- Alice


Research Space Glow room
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"A lovely comfortable space where our toddler felt most at home for her 2 days' visit! Many thanks to all the staff who have been brilliant. Ava loved the lights & toys & beanbag"- Claire (parent)


Kids playing VPOD games

"VPOD was great... Games were good. Good music. Wants to come back"-  Martha

"Everyone was very kind and caring and told me everything about what was happening and all the options regarding it. And whilst I was waiting I could play on the VR!!" - Dolly

How to get to Research Space  

Research Space is located in Balmoral Level 0 at Leicester Royal Infirmary. It is close to the Restaurant, Cashier's Office, and Maxillo Facial Department.

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How to contact Research Space

If you would like to contact Research Space, please phone 0116 258 5973 or send us an email

For information about the adult area of Research Space visit the R&I website

Childrens Research Space


Reaching Out for Kids Research Appeal

The Children's Research Team have been very busy fundraising to make Research Space an extra special place. The Reaching Out for Kids Research Appeal raised over £33,000 with support from Leicester Hospitals Charity, as well as groups and individual fundraisers.We are extremely thankful to all those who have helped.  

To read our story visit our JustGiving page

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