Meet Doris Murr, the very first patient to stay at Grantham’s brand new ‘hospice in a hospital’.
Doris suffered a fall at home and, after a time in a hospital ward, was transferred to the inpatient St Barnabas unit within Grantham Hospital to recover before going home. And she is very much enjoying the facility...and a good lie-in, she added. Doris, 83, of Canterbury Close in Grantham, said: “It’s absolutely wonderful here. You couldn’t criticise it at all, it’s got everything that anybody would want.” To build up her strength, Doris has been receiving physiotherapy and occupational therapy. She said: “I’m feeling a lot better. These girls here are wonderful.” The facility opened to patients on Monday, with a public open day held on Saturday. Deputy nurse Cathie Alcock said the turnout of people going along to see the unit was “fantastic” and feedback on the hospice unit was positive. This was echoed in a guest book put out on the day, where comments included “beautiful”, “wonderful”, very welcoming” and “calming and tranquil”. Another wrote: “Absolutely beautiful and so much need in Grantham.” Cathie said: “It was lovely to see everybody there. The environment here is beautiful. Our job now is to see how it works in practice.”
Go to www.granthamjournal.co.uk/video to see a slideshow of pictures of the new St Barnabas unit.