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Redland Hospital’s Emergency Department has finally opened it’s new Relatives Room after years of lobbying and hard work.
Nurse Unit Manager Tracey McTigue said the ED had never before had a designated room where staff could take bereaved and grieving families away from the busy emergency department surrounds.
“We have been working very hard for many years to open this room which is such an important space for family members who may have a very sick relative in Resus or they have received bad news.
“It is away from the ED and is a quiet and peaceful space.
“It has been repainted, carpeted, has a lovely lounge, tea and coffee making facilities, a children’s toy box, phone chargers and brochures for support services for families.”
Director Emergency Dr John Sutherland said it was a mission of the ED team to open this room and thanked the Executive for their support.
“Even before the official opening it was used twice which shows just how much it was needed,” he said.
He said the design of the room involved consumers and that the beautiful images had been donated by the Redlands Camera Club.
Members of the club said they were honoured and touched to know their photos may provide some peace to families in very difficult times.
“It’s very emotional,” Lynne Rankine said.