Two donations made to Oxborough ward at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital should lead to improvements for both patients and their relatives.
A donation of £2,000 was made by the South Wootton Village Ball Committee, a subsidiary of South Wootton Village Fete Committee, in memory of Tony Cattermole who had been cared for on Oxborough before he died in February.
Tony’s daughter, Rachel Curtis, presented the cheque to the ward staff alongside other members of the Committee.
Rachel said “We raised funds with an auction and raffle at our ball which was attended by over 160 people.
“Being able to make this donation to Oxborough Ward is a way of saying thank you for the care received by my father towards the end of his life.”
Also making a donation to the ward recently were Mrs Audrey Shreeve and her daughter Sandra in memory of husband and father, Jimmy Shreeve.
Jimmy died in 2014 having been cared for on Oxborough Ward.
His family decided to collect donations at his funeral for the ward, raising £127.
Both donations have enabled improvements to patient care and experience at the hospital.
Oxborough ward manager, Patricia Ralph said “We have purchased much needed nebulisers with the donations and will be purchasing further essential equipment enabling us to build upon recent ward improvements.”
“Thank you to the Shreeve family and South Wootton Village Ball Committee for helping us to make a difference, it really is appreciated.”
One of the improvements referred to is the introduction of a side room for patients and relatives, with relaxing furnishings and décor.
Patricia added “The introduction of our patients and relatives room means that there is a place for them to get away from the busy ward environment, something that makes a real difference to their experience during their stay with us.”
Oxborough ward is dedicated to treating patients with respiratory conditions.