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Hospital day room gets £22,000 facelift including new TV and giant mural

PUBLISHED: 09:44 29 January 2019 | UPDATED: 10:24 29 January 2019

Guests celebrate the opening of the Friendship Room at North Walsham War Memorial Hospital. Pictures: Richard Batson

Guests celebrate the opening of the Friendship Room at North Walsham War Memorial Hospital. Pictures: Richard Batson

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A £22,000 facelift has turned a community hospital day room into a welcoming space where patients and visitors can relax and reminisce.

MP Norman Lamb joins hospital Friends and supporters to cut the cake to mark the opening of the new Friendship Room day room at North Walsham War Memorial Hospital.  Pictures: Richard BatsonMP Norman Lamb joins hospital Friends and supporters to cut the cake to mark the opening of the new Friendship Room day room at North Walsham War Memorial Hospital. Pictures: Richard Batson

The project at North Walsham War Memorial Hospital was paid for by its League of Friends, which channels public funding donations into extras to benefit patients, families and staff.

The day room has been renamed the Friendship Room in recognition of the Friends’ work and to reflect its use as space where patients and visitors can relax and chat, away from the wards.

It was officially opened by North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb who said it showed the value of the Friends’ work, and the strength of community support for the hospital.

The hospital, which also has social care and clinics such as physiotherapy, fitted the new long-term NHS vision to deliver more care closer to people’s homes, he added.

One wall of the refurbished Friendship Room has been transformed with a giant mural of a sun-dappled woodland, and another adorned with archive pictures of the hospital and town as a conversation piece for patients.

Friends’ chairman Keith Jarvis said the group was formed in 1949, two years after the NHS and had a proud history of supporting the local hospital - from providing a new training room to Christmas gifts for patients.

The day room project also includes a new television, blinds, flooring and furniture. It is also planned to renew furniture in the garden patio area outside the day room, for people to enjoy in good weather.

Among the guests at the opening was town mayor Barry Hester who has made the Friends his civic charity of the year and has so far raised £2850.

The hospital is run by the Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust whose chief executive Josie Spencer added: “We are lucky to have people like the Friends who are willing to work on local initiatives like this - which can be projects we cannot afford, or would take longer to achieve without their help.”

The Friends are keen to recruit new members to help them in their work. Find out more about the Friends at www.northwalshamhospitalfriends.org.uk

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