New bathroom for hospice patients

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After more than a year in the planning the Hospice finally has a new bathroom which offers a more homely bathing experience for the patients.

The previous bathroom was old, tired and impractical – wheelchair-bound patient requiring a host into the bath could not be dealt with without the bathroom door being left open and a temporary screen used to maintain the patient’s dignity and privacy.

We wanted a new room which was welcoming, soothing, and allowed users to truly relax and enjoy the space. This all needed to be achieved within the rules and regulations set down by the NHS Infection Control department.

The new bath allows patients to have a real spa experience, to choose from different bathing positions, and even has its own lighting and sound too! A new ceiling hoist will make it much easier for the nurses too, and will ensure that patients of all mobility levels can benefit from using it. The bath also has its own cleaning and disinfection system that means it can be ready for use again in only 15 minutes. It will be a huge time saver and allow many more patients to benefit from a bath.

The wall mural is designed to help create a relaxing environment and adds interest and decoration to a space where we cannot have plants, flowers or ornaments.

Hospice Ward Sister Kate Lee said ‘’ The aim of the new bathroom is to provide a spa-like tranquil and peaceful place for our patients to feel relaxed in. The new bath, with its jacuzzi, mood lighting and music functions will benefit patients both physically and psychologically. For the staff, it will be a much better designed space for us to work in. Being able to help patients with something that will improve their wellbeing is hugely satisfying’’

 

Our huge thanks go to the following, who have, together with a sum from a private family, paid for this fantastic new bathroom:

  • Boxmoor and Berkhamsted British Telecom Benevolent Society
  • Buckinghamshire Freemasons
  • Defaqto
  • Slenderpane Ltd
  • Succession Wealth Ltd.

 

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