Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

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Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

Read more on visiting times...


Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

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If you have any questions about your treatment, please ask a doctor or a nurse.

There are lots of opportunities for you to get involved with the Trust, from volunteering to attending our public meetings, our Annual General Meeting or our hospital open day which is held every year.

News

Kindhearted team members on F2 now offering comfort baskets for relatives, carers and friends of patients in their time of need

Date: 24 February 2020

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It can be heartbreaking sitting next to your loved one when they are in hospital and very unwell. Having to face losing them is one of the most difficult challenges you will ever experience.

Senior Sister Marianne Treagust said the team on F2 had been thinking for a while about how they could further support relatives, carers and friends staying by the side of their loved one at the end of their life. So she came up the idea of a “comfort basket.” Marianne explained that people in their patient group “can be especially vulnerable, particularly when they have been together for many years and are facing losing their life long companion.”

Marianne and her colleagues thought about what they would appreciate if they were in that position and decided on some toiletries – toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, wet wipes, tissues, combs, flannel and towels. A cosy blanket, eye mask, lavender “calming spray” and a radio/CD player are also in the basket. The team also hope to get some small cushions to help make the armchairs more comfortable. They do also offer the use of a fold away bed for night-time.

Currently, the baskets are only for F2 Ward and they will be given to the next of kin who find themselves sat at the bedside of their loved one, alone and with little or no family/friend support. The team hopes that this gesture will provide a little comfort during a very distressing time.

These are important for Marianne. She said: “They don’t want to lose that person, so if we can try to make it a little bit more comfortable for them then that’s the least we can do. She also says it’s important to “care for the family, not just the patient as they’re all going through it.”

Anyone who would like to make a donation is asked to do so directly to F2 Ward.

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