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Friends of Savernake Hospital give patients the chance of some fresh air and a chat

Four Ailesbury patients with their health care support workers (in light blue) and l to r Rosemary Pike, Val Compton (Trustee of The Friends of Savernake Hospital), Sister Emma Bazell and Sister Helen Hodges (in dark blue) . Four Ailesbury patients with their health care support workers (in light blue) and l to r Rosemary Pike, Val Compton (Trustee of The Friends of Savernake Hospital), Sister Emma Bazell and Sister Helen Hodges (in dark blue) .

Savernake Hospital’s Ailesbury Ward has a sizeable balcony leading off its day room.  The balcony’s surround was painted battleship grey and its glass panels had a green film from the surrounding trees - not very inviting.

Now with a grant of £2,451 from the Friends of Savernake Hospital, the balcony has been completely refurbished the surrounds have been painted a bright green and the glass has been cleaned.

The ward’s clinical services manager, Rosemary Pike, says she is very thrilled to be able to get patients out into the fresh air and give them a real change of scenery.

The Ailesbury is a medical rehabilitation ward and is part of Great Western Hospitals Foundation Trust.  Ownership of Savernake Hospital was transferred to GWH when Wiltshire’s Primary Care Trust was abolished as part of the government’s restructuring of the NHS.

The ward has 24 beds and takes patients who live in the area and have been having in-patient treatment in one of three local acute hospitals: GWH in Swindon, RUH in the Bath and Salisbury Hospital.

Sometimes patients come to the Ailesbury who have been treated at specialist units as far afield as Oxford or the south coast.

The balcony boasts some new and sturdy chairs and tables, very smart parasols and planters complete with plants. It is sheltered by the row of mature trees along the edge of the cricket field.

GWH is on the look-out for volunteers to help on the Ailebsury Ward.  Volunteers can assist medical and support staff in a number of ways - such as admin tasks, befriending patients or leading patient activities.

The balcony from ground levelThe balcony from ground level

People able to volunteer should contact Carol Orrow, GWH’s voluntary services manager on 01793 605248.

And the Friends of Savernake Hospital also need to find volunteers to help in their hospital shop and with the trolley shop.  Check out their website.



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