September 18 2014 Latest news:
Monday, August 18, 2014
Relatives of those in ICU at North Devon District Hospital can wait in more comfortable surroundings thanks to donations.
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.”