Families, visitors and staff on the special care baby unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital are delighted that thanks to the generosity of Babies in Buscot Support (BIBS) their Family Room has undergone a fabulous makeover.
Gina Outram, Lead Sister for the neonatal unit welcomed BIBS Chief Executive, Sarah Critchley, along with other members of the support group on Tuesday, 16 May to officially open the revamped room that provides families and other visitors a quiet, private space, set apart from the ward, where they can take a break during visiting hours.
The Family Room now offers a comfortable seating area and access to tea and coffee making facilities free of charge, along with a table and chairs for families to sit and eat their meals and snacks, and toys to help keep young siblings occupied.
On cutting the ribbon Sarah said: “"It's been a real pleasure to fund the refurbishment of this vital family space through our charity, and see this amazing transformation take place.
“The new Family Room is bright, welcoming, and homely. Somewhere people can really relax and escape to. There is now somewhere to sit and eat, and for siblings to play. There are real practical changes as well as a whole new look and feel. I hope the new room continues to lift the spirits of Buscot families for years to come.
“I would like to thank our supporters, most of whom are Buscot families, for all that they do to help fundraise for BIBS. The loyalty and generosity with which they support BIBS is a real testament to the quality of the care they and their babies have received on Buscot.
“BIBS is a registered charity run by parents of former Buscot babies. Therefore, they truly understand how improving the family facilities on the Neonatal unit can make a real difference to families whose babies may be staying on the ward for several weeks, or even months.”
Following the opening Gina thanked Sarah and all those present for their support: “We can’t thank BIBS and their supporters enough for this wonderful makeover. Families are already telling us how much they appreciate having access to such a lovely space. It really does make a difference to those who are spending many hours on the ward every day with their newborn babies on our unit.”
Before the makeover
Before the makeover