Families of loved ones who have sadly passed away will now be welcomed into a refreshed and calming environment, thanks to our Charitable Funds Committee.
Richard Crompton, Chairman of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust and Ann James, Chief Executive, joined guests to officially open the newly refurbished bereavement room, which now features new furniture and accessories, and a calming colour change.
Claire Jukes, Patient Experience Support Manager at Derriford Hospital, said: “The difference this room has made has been significant to our bereaved families. It’s more welcoming and calming and has a relaxed atmosphere.
“Following the death of my own father, I remember visiting the room and that being my lasting impression of the hospital. The feedback received to date has been very positive and one family has commented on how calming the room is and also what a beautiful picture there is on the wall.
“The Patient Services Department really are grateful to the Charitable Funds Committee for providing us with the funds to make the important changes to this room.”
Our newly refurbished bereavement room, located on Level 7 near the Chapel, is used around 150 times a month, and is where all family meetings take place following a passing.
Louise McGregor, Bereavement Officer at Derriford Hospital, added: “The redecoration of this small room has made a huge difference. It’s now a lovely, calming environment to take bereaved families.
“Families have felt more relaxed and more at ease when coming to talk about their loved one and to collect their paperwork. It doesn’t feel like just another hospital room and I feel proud to be part of such a worthwhile cause.”
How the room used to previously look: