Generous donations from a bereaved parent have helped refurbish
‘Snowdrop Suite’ at Queen’s Hospital in Romford.
The Suite, a dedicated place for families to spend time following the loss of a baby, had a makeover thanks to generous donations to the King George and Queen’s Hospitals Charity.
Around £16,000 was raised to improve it, including installing a door to allow access directly from an adjoining delivery room.
This means that bereaved parents can enter the suite without having to go back onto the labour ward.
Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Queen’s Hospital, also redecorated the room, added new lighting and a TV as well as replacing all the furniture, bedding and kitchen utensils.
A key improvement was to replace two single beds with a double.
The single beds could not be pushed together, making it awkward for couples to grieve together.
A large chunk of the funding was raised by Stuart Wilks, after he and wife Sarah spent time in the Snowdrop Suite when their daughter Charlotte was stillborn in August 2016.
Stuart raised £7,000 by doing a sponsored bike ride in 2017. He has continued to support the Trust’s charity since, even organising his own sponsored cycling event, Pedal4Patients, in April this year.
The charity also funded two new cold cots for the Maternity department. These allow families more time to say goodbye to their babies.
Louise Brodrick, lead bereavement midwife at the Trust, said “It’s much nicer and more comfortable for couples, and families, and it looks amazing. We are so pleased and would like to thank all the parents.
“We’ve had really positive feedback so far. Good bereavement care can have a lifelong impact so we work hard to do as much as we can for families who have lost a baby.
“Allowing them to stay for as long as they need in our Snowdrop Suite can make a huge difference, we also have a memory book and every family is given a memory box.”