An amazing £31,370 has been spent on enhancing the patient and visitor experience at Stamford and Rutland Hospital– thanks to donations from North West Anglia Hospitals’ Charity.
Staff have also benefitted from a number of projects that focus on wellbeing and service delivery.
From transforming the garden and buying small items of equipment, to sprucing up public corridors and providing some areas with additional home comforts - money from the North West Anglia Hospitals’ Charity has paid for the improvements at Stamford and Rutland Hospital.
In the past six months, donations have helped to pay for:
- An interactive table for use by young patients in the children’s waiting areas – providing them with a fun distraction from pain and helping to reduce anxiety. The table is used by the medical team to build trust with patients through play. The table was officially unveiled by North West Anglia Hospitals’ Charity patron – Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood during a recent visit to the hospital.
- A space of serenity and relaxation for staff following the completion of the wellbeing garden. Through the pandemic, it had become clear that staff didn’t really have a single place to be able to retreat to during their breaks. The project was undertaken by many volunteers, including local artist, Michelle McLeod, from Murals and More and Sam Kettle, from Stamford Landscapes.
- Televisions in the hospital’s minor injuries unit and blood clinic waiting rooms to not only provide a distraction for patients, but to assist with patient confidentiality so that clinic conversations cannot be easily overheard.
- New planters around the public corridors have helped to soften the appearance of the hospital.
- A specialist step in diagnostic imaging that helps the team with specialist orthopaedic imaging of patients’ lower legs, feet and ankles in a standing position. A colourful modesty screen to separate the staff and patient areas has also been purchased for the department.
- Therapy patients and staff are enjoying a number of home comforts as part of the service, thanks to a radio, coffee machine and kettle.
Caroline Wood, Matron for Stamford Hospital said: “A huge thank you to the Hospitals’ Charity for their donations over the past few months. We have had some fantastic feedback from patients and staff, whether they have been large projects like the revamping of the garden to smaller items purchased to help with patient and staff comfort and experience.
“We would also like to thank the Friends of Stamford Hospital for their ongoing support and regular donations that make such a difference to so many hospital users.”
Philip Fearn, Charity Project Manager for North West Anglia Hospitals’ Charity, said: “It’s great to see how the funds have helped so many patients, visitors and staff at Stamford and Rutland Hospital with a range of items purchased or projects completed that will go a long way to improve patient experience.”
If you would like to donate to the North West Anglia Hospitals’ Charity, you can do so by texting HELP4NHS to 70970 to donate £5 or 70191 to donate £10. All donations received are earmarked directly for patient or staff projects.
Hospitals’ Charity patron Craig Revel Horwood trying out the interactive table in the children’s ward at Stamford and Rutland hospital.
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