Thanks to the genorisity of local businesses and the dedication of staff, a vital unit at Grantham hospital has been given a new lease of life.
Describing the former state of the discharge room for endoscopy patients, deputy sister Liz Withers said: “It felt very cold, and not a good place to be taking patients.”
With this and an awareness that the Trust hasn’t got much money to spare, endoscopy staff got together about 10 months ago to organise a fundraising project enabling them to transform the unit.
Not only have they managed to raise £1800 so far through cake stalls and a mind and spirit event, they have been overwhelmed by the kindness of Grantham businesses, with Quality Furniture providing a free sofa and AT solutions supplying a new floor, which was then laid by Welby carpets for no charge.
Moreover the dedication of the endoscopsy nurses has even stretched to them staying on after work to give the unit a new lick of paint.
Among the many committed colleagues, staff nurse Joanne Petrou has been a key force behind the project, along with unit manager Sue Smith.
Ultimately though the most important aspect of the project has been the effect on patients, with Liz adding: “We’ve had lovely positive comments from the patients, who now have a much better experience here.”
If you would like to help with the ongoing fundraising, contact Grantham Hospital’s endoscopy unit on 01476 464181, or 01476 464180.