The Friends of Hinchingbrooke Hospital have made two special donations to the hospital this month which will benefit many patients.
The group, which raises money through a variety of events over the course of the year, has supported both the Audiology Department and the Catering Service to make improvements to the services our patients receive.
Young patients coming to the Audiology clinic can now enjoy looking at a new cartoon mural that has been put up in the waiting room – depicting jungle animals having their hearing test. Head of Audiology Corinne Bailey said: “The mural was designed by a member of staff and has made the waiting area so much nicer for children and their parents. On behalf of all the team, I would like to thank the Friends of Hinchingbrooke Hospital for supporting us to install the mural.”
Inpatients with communications problems can now take control of ordering their meals on the ward thanks to some innovative, large-scale picture menus that have been provided as a result of funding from the Friends group. The new menus are due to be used from this month. Catering manager Lisa Normanton said: “We are pleased to be introducing this service to the wards, as it will ensure our patients can choose the food they want to eat, even if they cannot speak so well. A member of staff from the ward will sit with them to look at the picture menu and, once they have indicated what they would like to eat that day, they can complete the menu card on the patients’ behalf. Thank you to our colleagues from the Friends group for making this happen.”
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