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Newly refurbished Lourdes Ward reopens with a blessing from the Bishop
More than 114 years ago, the Religious Sisters of Charity arrived from Dublin and opened the doors of St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney to the dying and poor of East London. 114 years later, the doors of Lourdes Ward have re-opened after a major refurbishment.
With an emphasis on the highest standard of personalised care, patient safety and efficiency, the 18 bed Lourdes Ward, which includes two beds for respite patients, has undergone a major makeover. It’s been transformed into a state of the art clinical facility, in a homely setting with a bright, airy environment, new bed heads with phone charging and WiFi. All patients have a fridge, television and plenty of storage for personal items, as well as comfortable seating areas for patients and their families.
The colour scheme has been chosen to make it easier for people with cognitive impairment to navigate the ward, with the wide corridors featuring calming colours and no patterns. The sympathetic and upgraded lighting senses when people are on the move, which is particularly beneficial for the increasing number of people staying at the hospice with dementia.
The refurbishment is part of a planned programme of development at the site which will take place over the coming years.
Lourdes Ward was officially opened and blessed by Bishop Nicholas Hudson who commented, “It was an honour to bless this beautiful new ward, dedicated to the healing shrine of Lourdes. Long may it continue to be a peaceful and calming place for those who are sick or dying, and the wonderful nurses, doctors and care givers continue to show their compassion and care to all who enter through its doors.”
Tony McLean, Chief Executive, St Joseph’s Hospice said, “We are proud to call Lourdes Ward a state of the art Clinical Facility which really demonstrates our commitment to putting our patients at the heart of everything we do. It’s a wonderful space which, as well as being practical for the nursing team who work on the ward, is also very comfortable for the patients and their families.”
Steve Owens’ son Daryl recently spent the last days of his life at St Joseph’s. Along with his daughter-in-law Jude they spent every day at the hospice, staying overnight to be close to Daryl.
Steve said, “Spending time at St Joseph’s felt like being part of a big loving family and both Jude and I are really attached to this place. We found it comfortable staying here and being by Daryl’s side, but this newly refurbished ward really is the height of luxury, just beautiful. I hope that any families needing to use the services of St Joseph’s in the future will have as good an experience as we did at such a difficult time in our lives.”