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Intensive care waiting room opens after £20,000 refurbishment

14:42 18 August 2014

Members of the Northam bingo group and the League of Friends cut the ribbon to open the new ICU relatives’ room.

Members of the Northam bingo group and the League of Friends cut the ribbon to open the new ICU relatives’ room.

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Relatives of those in ICU at North Devon District Hospital can wait in more comfortable surroundings thanks to donations.

Patient Violet Calland hands over a cheque for £300 to staff nurse Karen Bryant, watched by her son Steve and his wife Pat Tordoff.Patient Violet Calland hands over a cheque for £300 to staff nurse Karen Bryant, watched by her son Steve and his wife Pat Tordoff.

A WAITING room for relatives of critically ill patients has reopened at North Devon District Hospital following a £20,000 refurbishment.

Instead of a small, basic room, relatives of those on the intensive care (ICU) or high dependency (HCU) unit can now wait in a larger area with an overnight sleeping area.

There is also a friend, tea and coffee making facilities, television and donated artwork on the walls.

A large proportion of the funds came from the Northam bingo group and the League of Friends paid for the soft furnishings.

Other money came from the Fremington bingo group, relatives and friends of former patients on ICU and the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust Charitable Fund.

Meanwhile, the ICU was boosted by a £300 donation from a patient on Thursday.

Violet Calland was so happy with the care she had received since being admitted last Monday that she wrote out a cheque for ICU funds.

Violet, from Westward Ho!, said: “I couldn’t have wished for better treatment.”

Her son, Steve, added: “We also think the care here is second to none.

“The donation is recognition of the excellent care and attention the nurses have given her.”

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