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The Bumblebee Room provides patients with a private space for reflection

Outpatient team with Jackie Bunting   2nd right

The new Bumblebee room provides a really important space and environment for patients to have time to reflect on the care conversation that they may have had with our team.


Having a quiet space to talk or simply escape the hustle and bustle can be invaluable, and the new Bumblebee Room at the Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH) offers just this.


Jackie Bunting, outpatient nurse at the RBH and inspiration behind the room understands only too well how important it can be.


Jackie’s husband Nigel was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 and remembers how much they appreciated spending time in the quiet room at Circle Hospital trying to come to terms with the devastating news.  


At the official opening of the Bumblebee Room Jackie explained:  “When Nigel and I received his diagnosis, being able to sit quietly together and have time to think through what we had been told helped us enormously.  Without the quiet room we would have been trying to come to terms with the news in a public area or on our way home.


“The experience started me thinking about the provision of a quiet room at the RBH.  I knew it was something that patients, and their families and carers would benefit from, and when Nigel passed away, as a family, we decided to ask for donations instead of flowers to get the project going.”


To help support the fund raising Jackie approached the Royal Berks Charity who agreed to help and the refurbishment of a room in the outpatient department began to create the Bumblebee Room.


Jackie went on to say: “I am honoured to open this fantastic facility which I know will become a valued retreat for those who need it. On behalf of my family I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in this project, particularly the Royal Berks Charity who have been absolutely fabulous.  I would also like to say a special thank you to the outpatient team for the incredible support and care Nigel and I received.”


 5 November 2018

In memory of Nigel Bunting plaque
The Bumblebee room with door sign
The Bumblebee room with door sign

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