7 July 2016 – A room for patients in memory of george
A new quiet room for patients has been developed on the Endoscopy Unit at Airedale Hospital thanks to donations from patients, staff and a charity.
It is named ‘George’s Room’ in memory of George Barron of Hellifield in Skipton, a patient who was a regular visitor to the unit and received treatment for oesophageal cancer.
His family and friends raised £2,300 towards the cost of the new room which will be used to provide a peaceful place for patients to have sensitive conversations with consultants or their family.
The family and friends of another patient former Desmond Johnston also contributed to the cost of the refurbishment.
The room is a converted large storeroom and has been furnished with a settee and comfortable chairs following a donation of £2,000 from the hospital charity Friends of Airedale.
Samantha Wallbank, the niece of George donated a photo which she entered for a photographic competition at The Great Yorkshire Show. Also Mary Wade, a former sister for endoscopy and theatres, donated £300 on her birthday.
Further donations came from fuse contactors; New Vision donated the plaque; Skipton Frame shop, Marshall Robert Ltd donated the cushions and the staff who work in the Endoscopy Department.
Julie Blackburn, sister for endoscopy at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our unit is very proud and grateful for the wonderful contributions we received.
“George visited the unit 21 times over a period time. We loved his gentle nature and he had a smile for everyone.”
Dr David Clements told guests at a celebratory event where a plaque was unveiled for the room: “This is a rather special occasion. It’s a year today since George died and we are delighted that so many people have put their energy into creating a designated non clinical room in his name, where patients and family can talk to the consultants and nurses in private.”