Brighter feel for area of calm in A&E

Rev Graeme Harrison

Rev Graeme Harrison

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A room used for bereaved families at Blackpool’s hospital has got a new look.

The relatives room in Accident and Emergency at Blackpool Victoria Hospital has been refurbished thanks to funding from trust charity Blue Skies Hospitals Fund.

The room is used by bereaved friends and family or those whose loved ones are critically ill.

The £1,500 refurbishment was paid for by money raised at the Blue Skies annual Tree of Lights Appeal, which offers people the chance to remember their loved ones at Christmas and raises funds for bereavement care.

Rev Graeme Harrison, chaplaincy team leader, said: “Before, this room was crowded with cupboards and it had little space to sit down.

“It has been refurbished and is now much brighter, calmer and there is more space. It’s incredibly important in such a fast-paced environment such as A&E to give people who are very recently bereaved a space where they can sit privately to grieve and get support from medical staff.

“They may also need make and receive phone calls for instance to family.”

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