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Official opening ceremony for Drapers ward and Therapy Hub



5 March 2020

Official opening ceremony for Drapers ward and Therapy Hub

On Thursday 5 March 2020, the RHN officially reopened Drapers ward (one of the Brain Injury Service wards) and state-of-the-art Therapy Hub following extensive renovations after a successful fundraising appeal.

The opening ceremony was attended by Leonora, Countess of Lichfield, who cut the ribbon. Other attendees included members of the local community, business representatives and other hospital stakeholders.

After the ceremony, guests toured the newly refurbished ward and brand new Therapy Hub, before enjoying light refreshments and networking in the hospital’s De Lancey Lowe room.

Drapers was the first to undergo major renovations as part of wider plans to refresh every ward at the hospital. The new design provides more space and improved equipment for a bright, modern and more comfortable area for patients. It also makes moving and handling patients much easier for staff.

Rooms have been decorated to create a more homely environment and allow for medical equipment such as hoists to be hidden within cupboards. The new spaces also remove the need for obvious oxygen tanks, with piped oxygen fitted in the walls. Other improvements include new larger showering facilities and accessible televisions fitted to walls.

The state-of-the-art Therapy Hub now provides top of the range equipment and a sensory room to further support the rehabilitation of patients.

Paul Allen, Chief Executive of the RHN said, “The Drapers ward and Therapy Hub refurbishment has been seen as a flagship project, which would set the bar high in terms of the standard of facility that we aspire to throughout the RHN.”

The new Therapy Hub and quiet gym are modern, spacious and provide a state-of-the art environment that meets the wide-ranging needs of our patients. Our new Drapers ward is contemporary, bright and designed with the needs of patients in mind, providing patients with the space needed to practice vital gains made through rehabilitation, in their daily routines. Together these new facilities will allow patients to gain maximum benefit from the excellent rehabilitation offered by our specialist multi-disciplinary therapy and care teams.”