Our appeal this winter is focused on raising the monies needed to improve the quality of experience for patients who benefit from being cared for in one of the side rooms on our surgical, care of the elderly and orthopaedic wards. These are often patients who have 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 is far removed from the clinical hospital environment. Each room is to incorporate softer lighting and a skylight above each bed. They will 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 the patient.

Rooms would also incorporate more comfortable furniture and an aroma diffuser, as well as a Bluetooth speaker, so that patients and their loved ones can listen to something that is special to them.

Chief Nurse Nicola Kane explained: “When Kennet Ward was refurbished in 2019, Kingston Hospital Charity provided the funds needed to ensure a tranquil space was created in each of its six side rooms. With your help, we hope we will be able do something similar on other wards. Incorporating these features into each room can really help improve the environment and quality of experience for the patients and their families.” 

The cost of incorporating these features into each room equates to approximately £3,000. Our hope is that we may be able to convert 16 rooms initially across three wards.

You can make a donation in support of our winter appeal by using the donate button at the top of the page or by calling 020 8973 5040. Thank you very much.