When a small bay became available for alternative use due to the closure of two beds on Beech Ward, Matron Anne was keen to develop the space to form a second End of Life suite for the Willows in-patient unit.
The Friends were pleased to help in this endeavour, and are delighted that the project has come to fruition.
The space was reconfigured to provide a patient bedroom with its own wet-room, entailing radical work to install hoist mechanisms in the ceilings for safer and dignified manoeuvring of patients.
This was together with the installation of cabling for a range of modern electronic equipment. Installation of a French door and larger window have also added to the amenities.
An adjoining room for use by close relatives was developed and enables them to take breaks from supporting their loved-one, and to make themselves drinks and snacks during visits. Installation of WiFi, television, variable lighting, and a high spec music system all add to the sensory experiences available to both patient and relatives.
Staff voted that the new facility should be named the Ada Kearvell Suite in memory of Ada, who served as Matron for 30 years from 1899.
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More details about Ada can be found by clicking here.