We are continuing to fundraise to improve the quality of experience for patients who benefit from being cared for in one of the side rooms on our wards. These are often patients who have special educational needs, advanced dementia or who are dying.
The aim is to use the senses of sight, smell and sound to create a calming natural sanctuary, which feels far removed from the busy clinical environment. Each room incorporates softer lighting, a skylight above each bed and more comfortable furniture. They also include artwork to create a more homely feel, along with a notice board so that patients or family members can place pictures and cards on the wall which are special to them. Other features unique to these rooms include an aroma diffuser, as well as a digital radio, so that patients and their loved ones can tune in to something they enjoy listening to.
With the help of individuals and organisations across our community, we have so far created 22 tranquil spaces on our care of the elderly, stroke, surgical and orthopaedic wards. The cost of incorporating these features in each room equates to approximately £3,100. We are now focused on successfully converting the six side rooms on Hamble Ward into tranquil spaces. One of those has been funded already by a local family in memory of their husband, father and grandfather.
Kelli Diamond, Matron – Surgery & Urology said:
“The four tranquil spaces that were created on Astor and Alex wards during 2022 have particularly benefitted patients who are receiving end of life care. They provide a calm and inviting space for patients and their families who are able to stay with their loved ones overnight as the chair in these rooms fold out into a bed. The added extras we’ve included may seem small, yet the difference they make to those using these tranquil spaces is considerable.”
Chief Nurse, Nichola Kane, explained:
“The impact of these changes can be really significant in terms of improving the hospital experience for some of our most vulnerable patients and their loved ones. It’s another great example of how our charity enhances the care environment for patients and their families and I am so grateful to all who have supported us with this programme and to those thinking of helping us develop tranquil spaces on our respiratory ward.”
To make a donation, please <click here> and select ‘Tranquil Spaces’ in the drop down menu. For a more considered discussion about our plans, please call Tracey on 020 8973 5040.