‘Friends’ share plans for the future at Midhurst hospital

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FUTURE plans to refurbish a ‘quiet room’ at Midhurst Community Hospital were outlined at the Friends of the hospital at their annual meeting in Capron House.

Chairman Ann Marchand said the room close to Bayley Unit would be a quiet place where staff could talk to patients or carers in privacy or where relatives or carers could stay overnight if required.

The room has access to the Scott memorial Garden at the site of the hospital which in the last few years has not been easy for people to access from the hospital. There are also plans to buy benches and make the immediate area to the room relaxing and soothing.

In order to enhance the front of the hospital the Friends have also taken on the responsibility of ensuring that it is pleasant for patients to sit in with their visitors this summer. Pots have been provided and gardening services obtained to revive and tidy flower beds.

Officers and the Friends of Midhurst Community Hospital Committee were re-elected at the meeting and the accounts were presented by Alain Mardale.

Mrs Marchand thanked everyone for their continued support, particularly the volunteers who manned the reception desk and who went to the hospital to entertain the patients.

She said although it had been a comparatively quiet year The Friends had arranged for the retinal camera at Riverbank to be upgraded.

“This is an invaluable piece of equipment that ensures that some monitoring of eye health can be carried out locally rather than patients having to go to Chichester or Worthing,” said Mrs Marchand.

The hospital had benefitted from some specialist new mattresses, wheelchairs, a spirometer and a vacuaid suction unit as well as a communication aid for occupational health.

Jane Saunders, counselling and bereavement manager for Macmillan Midhurst gave a talk on the service she provide and the evening ended with refreshments and questions.