Paralympian opens family suite

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Paralympic champion gold medallist, Marc Woods, will open ward 14’s family suite at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough on Thursday 15 August 2013.

Interserve team (left to right)  Lee Middleton, Ian Richardson, Tony Bellamy  and  Gavin Duffy with Beverley Rodgers

Interserve team (left to right) Lee Middleton, Ian Richardson, Tony Bellamy and Gavin Duffy with Beverley Rodgers in the family suite

Marc is a motivational speaker, who developed bone cancer at the age of 17. His dream was to simply be the best he could be and only 18 months after he finished chemotherapy was selected to represent Great Britain in the paralympic games.

During his career he won a staggering 12 paralympic medals from five games, four being gold. Marc also won a further 21 medals from European and world championships.

Ward 14 is an acute oncology ward at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. The newly refurbished family suite on the ward provides care for patients requiring palliative care in the final stages of their illness.

The family suite provides a quiet environment for relatives to spend time with their loved ones in the final days of their life.  Facilities include a hospice style side ward with an adjoining flat which provides a comfortable and private area for relatives.

The ward’s dedicated staff wanted to improve and enhance both the patient and relatives experience, providing facilities for family wishing to stay overnight with their loved ones, and ensure privacy and dignity – a very important aspect of the care provided by the ward.

The trust’s planning team worked with Tony Bellamy, site manager, Interserve Construction and the ward staff to complete the ambitious project to help future cancer patients and their relatives.

A big thank you to Interserve who generously provided £8,000 worth of work, and to their local chain suppliers who contributed their services and materials free of charge, for their fantastic support.

Part of their Employee Foundation, which provides a central focus for their charitable activities and plays a key role in co-ordinating  charitable works, the ward 14 project is the area’s most high profile scheme as it is such a worthwhile cause close to many people’s hearts.

Furniture and furnishings to make the area cosy and comfortable were bought from the ward’s charitable funds with help from The James Cook University Hospital Voluntary Services.

Sister Beverley Rodgers, ward 14 manager, said:” The team and I are really proud to be able to offer patients and their relatives this facility.  We hope that the environment we have created provides some comfort to patients and their families during their time on ward 14.  On behalf of the ward staff I would like to express my thanks to all those involved that made this possible.”