Staff celebrated opening a themed day room on a ward which will help give better care to patients, especially those with dementia.
Situated on Lionel Cosin, a female ward for older people, the tea room was specifically designed with the help of company Rempod, to echo a 1950’s tea room, with china crockery, a retro radio and even aromas from a 1950’s kitchen.
Former matron, Karen Fashanu, who retired earlier this year, was asked back to officially open the tea room. In 2015 she made an NHS pledge to have a day room on each of the older people’s wards at Basildon University Hospital to enhance patient care. This was the last of the three – Kingswood has a 1950’s themed room and Osler has a pub themed room.
She said: “It was lovely to be invited back and to see the hard work that has gone into developing this beautiful tea room for our patients.”
The tea room will be used for group therapies and activities but also to encourage patients out of bed, to give them somewhere to relax with their visitors, and to encourage poor appetites with communal dining.
Some of the patients were invited to come and take a look at the new tea room. Among them was Georgina Chandler, who by a happy coincidence was celebrating her 83rd birthday.
After everyone sang happy birthday to her, she said: “It’s a very nice room and the cake is delicious.”
BHR1287 Basildon Hospital radio volunteer David Firth and his singing partner Sue, gave up their own time for their first joint performance at the event. They encouraged staff and patients to join them in a sing-along.
The trust’s Butterfly Appeal raises money to enhance the care of those with dementia. If you would like to find out about how you can help, please visit our website www.basildonandthurrock.nhs.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.