Relatives of patients in the (Intensive Therapy Unit) ITU or undergoing treatment for cancer and blood disorders in Bournemouth Hospital will be able to relax in upgraded facilities thanks to funding from Bournemouth Hospital Charity, which is now part of the University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity.
The two- bedroom flat, with private kitchen and bathroom facilities, which is situated at the hospital site, is now brighter and more functional with new furniture, lighting and furnishings. The whole flat has been repainted and given new window dressings and artwork. The kitchen has also had a breakfast bar installed.
The refurbishment of the accommodation cost £10,000 and will provide a sanctuary for relatives of patients on ITU who are undergoing long, complex and highly intense treatments.
The accommodation provides family and relatives with a real home away from home environment when they are not at their loved ones bedside, and is available free of charge to patients and their relatives for up to a month at a time, depending on the patient or their family member’s needs.
Marie Miller, matron of Jigsaw/Ward 11 said: “This refurbished accommodation provides a reassurance for patients and their relatives by giving them relief in a time of need enabling families and relatives to provide important support and love.”
Visit the website bhcharity.org to find out more about current fundraising projects and how you can get involved or call the charity office on 0300 019 4060 to donate.
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