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Junior Doctors sleep eazzzy thanks to IKEA and the Royal Berks Charity

Jr Docs with Sarah McDoull consultant and Tutor and June Leatham from RB Charity

At the end of a long and challenging shift, junior doctors at the Royal Berkshire Hospital can now look forward to a restful and peaceful break, thanks to the Royal Berks Charity and IKEA.


IKEAS’s vision is to create a better everyday life for people. In line with this vision, Royal Berks Charity in collaboration with IKEA Reading, supplied the Royal Berkshire Hospital with home furnishing solutions to help create a better environment for junior doctors to rest at the end of a shift or whilst they are on-call. The 11 rooms were completed within two days, with the support of 19 IKEA co-workers.


The rooms had been prepared ready for the new furnishings by members of the RBFT Estates and Facilities team, including the removal of old furniture, a fresh coat of paint and new shower facilities.


June Leatham, for the Royal Berks Charity commented: “With the arrival of IKEA Reading, we saw the transformation of the rooms completed. This was a very special project and it’s super to see how this will support our junior doctors during their on-call shifts. IKEA showed a genuine interest in their local community and its people, and we developed a close partnering relationship, during the project”


Zoey a co-worker from IKEA Reading, said: “I’m delighted to have been able to help with this project, it was fantastic to see how pleased the junior doctors are. We managed to revamp 11 rooms over two days. We had plenty of visitors interested to see how the rooms have come along and everyone was really grateful for all of the effort put in from the volunteers. Working on this project has been a highlight at IKEA for me and I’m keen to be involved in more community projects.”

Junior doctor Jon Hughes, commented: “The rooms look amazing. It’s so uplifting to see a hospital that values its staff enough to improve the facilities that support our on-call working. The new rooms are fantastic and another plus to the Royal Berkshire!  Special thanks to Royal Berks Charity and IKEA”  


March 2017


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