A new multi-purpose room for patients and their relatives has been created in the Cardiac Unit at Chorley and South Ribble District Hospital, funded with £17,000 from Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity, including a £10,000 grant from NHS Charities Together.
The room was created by combining a small relatives room with an unused storeroom. Previously the relatives room was unable to accommodate more than two people at any one time and was therefore unsuitable when staff needed to meet with more than one of a patient’s relatives for confidential discussions, or for when a family group needed to take a break. When it is not in use by families the room can also be used by staff for a well-deserved break.
Sandra Sumner, Sister for the Cardiac Unit at Chorley and South Ribble District Hospital said, “We are really pleased with the new multi-purpose room which patients and relatives are finding really useful for a quiet break, or to chat and relax. Staff are also enjoying being able to use the room for a quick rest and recharge away from the busy unit.”
Ellie Orton OBE, Chief Executive at NHS Charities Together, says, “Hospital can be a challenging place, and having a private space to rest and collect your thoughts is equally vital to patients and staff alike. As the national, independent charity caring for the NHS we’re here to help the health service go further for all of us, and we’re so pleased we could support this project with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity. We’re sure it will make a valuable difference.”
Paula Wilson, Head of Charities at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says, “We are delighted to fund this important project, it will give patients and their relatives a welcoming and comfortable place to sit and escape the hustle and bustle of a busy ward. We are incredibly grateful to NHS Charities Together for their amazing £10,000 grant, this was so important in helping to create this room and also to our many donors who together have helped make this happen.”