New ‘calm and beautiful’ reflection room opens for families on neonatal ward

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A new ‘reflection room’ has opened on the neonatal ward at St Richard’s Hospital thanks to funding from Love Your Hospital, the dedicated charity of St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals. 

The room, which has been transformed from a disused meeting room into a calm, quiet space for families to spend quality time together away from the busy nursery environment, was officially opened by Dame Marianne Griffiths, Chief Executive, on 5 November.

The opening was attended by Dr Maggie Davies, Chief Nurse, Dr Andy Heeps, Managing Director, and local artist Chloe Dowsett, who painted the mural.

Hilary Sparkes, Ward Manager, said: “The renovation came as an unintended consequence of the pandemic.  With many of our meetings being held virtually, the room was not being used, so we decided to transform it into a space that our families can really benefit from and take time and reflect, away from the busy nursery setting. The mural is a fabulous touch and the reference to Bosham Harbour and the rainbows are so beautifully captured.” 

Patients and their families are at the heart of everything we do at University Hospitals Sussex, and this renovation is no exception. It’s a true pleasure to officially open this room, and know that it will bring a sense of calm and tranquillity to families who use it.

Dame Marianne Griffiths

Andrea Field, Nursery Nurse and Developmental Care Lead, said: “We thoughtfully designed the room to be calming and provide a space where delicate and private discussions can be held, and for families to feel as comfortable as possible and spend quality time together.”  

Marianne Griffiths, Chief Executive of University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, said: “Patients and their families are at the heart of everything we do at University Hospitals Sussex, and this renovation is no exception. It’s a true pleasure to officially open this room, and know that it will bring a sense of calm and tranquillity to families who use it.” 

Steve Crump, Director of Charities for Love Your Hospital, said, “Love Your Hospital is committed to improving the hospital experience for patients and their loved ones and we’ve been very happy to support the refurbishment of the Neonatal Reflection Room for parents. A huge thank you to staff for their hard work in moving this project forward, to Chloe for her wonderful artistic talents and to the local community whose support enables us to provide the funding for these projects that make a real difference to local patients.”