Hospital charity add splash of colour for elderly patients to make memories last - The Solihull Observer

Hospital charity add splash of colour for elderly patients to make memories last

Solihull Editorial 19th May, 2024   0

A SPLASH of colour has been added to the Elderly Care Ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham thanks to generous donations.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity has helped fund the refurbishment of the patients’ day room, transforming it from a cold, clinical environment, into a bright and welcoming space with vibrant art on the walls and a jukebox with 50s diner inspired décor.

Staff have nicknamed the new room ‘Peaches Diner’ and are hoping it provides patients with a place to come and relax, have a cup of tea, listen to music and spend time with their families, other patients, and staff members.

The ward looks after elderly patients with a range of medical and complex needs, and the team provides incredible care to ensure their stay on the ward is as comfortable as possible.

Ward manager, Stacey Fream, said: “The new day room enables patients to walk to the day room, ensures they eat and drink well, and helps them to socialise with other patients and staff.

“I have also seen a positive change in staff morale on the ward, as everyone is happy to be a part of this wonderful change and enjoy sharing these precious moments with their patients. It is wonderful to receive such positive feedback from the patients, relatives and staff.”




As well as the new day room, the ward also holds a breakfast club, a Knit and Natter group and a weekly exercise class.

Collette Hoult’s father, Reginald Knight, was a patient on the Elderly Care Ward and regularly spent time in the day room. Collette said, “Peaches Diner was an escape away from the acutely unwell area and all the alarms on the ward.


“It allowed my dad to relax and feel more like a person than a patient. He also enjoyed taking part in the various activities, particularly the music therapy and sensory stimulation.”

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