A HUGE £250,000 donation from the League of Friends of West Cornwall Hospital has created a bright, breezy and colourful new Medical Ward 2.
The ward bays are each painted in different colours to make it easier for dementia patients to know where they are and to feel more comfortable, and a new day room that is extremely popular with the patients – and staff – is often packed.
Staff nurse Sarah Creed said: "The day room gets really busy, everybody loves coming in for a chat, especially when the antiques programmes are on TV."
Planned developments also include a Memory Café, with pictures on the walls and other items that will help jog the memories of people suffering with dementia, that is probably the first in Cornwall.
Despite the recent focus on dementia, Med 2 is still a general ward dealing with acute patients, and the refurbishment has brought lots of other positives, say nurses, not least a new layout that means the daily items that they need all the time – like gloves and other disposables – are placed exactly where they need them on the ward.
Jenny Withywood, 37, a district nurse from Helston, was in Ward 2 at the hospital with pneumonia last week – although she was hoping to be home before The Cornishman went to print.
She said: "I was pleasantly surprised, they've been really lovely and the ward is lovely, too. The environment is all new and sparkly and clean, I couldn't have asked to have a better hospital."
Staff nurse Caron Whiston, who has recently moved back to west Cornwall after five years away, said: "The ward is really fresh and a lot better for everyone. Everything is far more accessible and we've actually had some say in how things are set up, so everything is to hand and everything runs a little more smoothly.
"As with anything, you could always do with a few more staff. But the patients will tell you how good it is. I think people get more personal care here than they do in big hospitals. We need to say a big thank you to the League of Friends. I'm pleased the ward is here for the area and it needs to stay."