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Derriford Hospital unveil revamped Bereavement Suite

The Sir Jules Thorn Viewing Suite is a part of Derriford Hospital that many people will not immediately be aware of.

However it will leave a distinct impression on visitors, as it is the place where the bereaved will go to view and identify their loved ones.

With the help of kind donations to Plymouth Hospitals Charity, the suite has undergone a full refit to help bring a little more comfort to friends and family at an incredibly distressing time.

New furniture and decor have been installed to create a more ambient and serene environment for visitors. A very subtle new feature is the introduction of an ozone generator, which neutralises odours associated with a mortuary.

“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity shown by public donations to Plymouth Hospitals Charity, which has allowed us to renovate a very dated clinical unit and create a more homely, tranquil space for bereaved families.” Said Claire Jukes, the Trust’s Patient Services Manager.

On officially opening the new suite, Lee Budge, Director of Corporate Business, added: “Having seen it in its former state, it gives me great pleasure to visit the new suite. Coming here can have a lasting impact on visitors, so it is important that they are welcomed into a calm, compassionate environment.”

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