Ribbon cut on wards

THE �52,016 makeover of two wards in Budleigh Salterton Hospital has been completed, and will help patient welfare say the League of Friends.

THE �52,016 makeover of two wards in Budleigh Salterton Hospital has been completed, and will help patient welfare say the League of Friends.The Nuttall and Jubilee single-bedded wards have been completely redesigned to provide a palliative care ward, and an isolation ward - all paid for by contributions, legacies and fundraising efforts by the League of Friends. Both wards now have en-suite facilities, with extra ventilation and light, with beautiful views over the hospital garden - and even have extra space for friends and relatives of patients to stay overnight, if needed.The two wards were officially opened last Wednesday by Joyce Brown, a nurse at the hospital for 29 years - 10 of them as matron - and after her retirement, in 1990, she volunteered to oversee the start of the Day Unit, which is so valuable to the community.The new mayor, Courtney Richards, also helped with the opening.The project, say the League of Friends, will greatly enhance the service offered by the hospital, and Dr David Evans, chairman of the League of Friends said: "The immense success of this project was due to careful planning and co-operation between the doctors and nursing staff, the Devon PCT, the architects Peter Eardley and Stephen Hart, and the League of Friends."The League of Friends, together with the doctors and nursing staff, are delighted with the result. We invested �52,016 in this project, which will contribute to the comfort and welfare of patients for many years to come."At the opening of the two wards, Joyce reminded staff


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