A new relatives' room has opened at
Southport Hospital to allow nurses to talk to families in confidence.
The Hospital has a busy A&E department which lacked an area for private
Community Link Foundation has funded the new room which offers a tranquil space
away from the wards.
Colette Henshaw, A&E sister, said:- "We are really grateful for Community
Link Foundation for supporting this new room. There are times when medics will
sometimes need to tell tragic news to families. This room provides a calming and
private area for those extremely important discussions."
The relatives' room has a phone line and tea making facilities. Mugs were kindly
donated by Southport Sainsbury's.
Cheryl Gradwell, Community Link Foundation trustee and board member, said:- "The foundation was unanimous in its support for this new room. It's
important to have a space where families can gather their thoughts when they are
told they have lost a loved 1."
Cheryl lost her husband Christopher four years ago. She was told the tragic news
at A&E. She said:- "It's something you would never want to go
through. I think I may have been able to gather my thoughts a little better had
I been told about my husband in a room like this.
I'm very pleased to see this room now open where Hospital staff can give support
to families when they need it most."
The mission of Community Link Foundation is to support and enhance the lives of
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