Opened June 2017

Parents coping with the loss of a baby will now be able to spend time with their little one in a newly refurbished bereavement room at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, designed to give them the space and privacy required at such a difficult time.

SiMBA was delighted to support this project in the Women and Children’s Unit in conjunction with Sands, Tesco at Alloa and in house support from staff and services at Forth Valley Royal.

The £16,000 project took 8 months to complete and Carolann Mason from Stirling, who raised almost £5,000 towards the project cut the ribbon. Carolann, said: “If we had had this type of room when I lost my babies, it would have made life much easier. This room is amazing, it makes you feel as relaxed as possible  in what are the toughest times. It’s good to know that the money raised is going back to something close to your heart.”

The makeover in the main bereavement suite includes faux-suede wipeable furniture to meet infection control standards, a sofa bed, comfy chairs and tea-making facilities. An adjacent room has also been given a new look, in case two families need to be comforted at the same time.  In addition, three counselling/quiet rooms on the ground floor have also been upgraded to make them more user-friendly.

NHS Forth Valley Bereavement Adviser Alana Harrower explained: “We have tried to create a comfortable and homely environment, not clinical, not hospital. When families are going through a really bad time it gives them somewhere special where they can create precious memories with their babies.

She added: “Any future donations received by the Women and Children’s Bereavement Service will contribute to the continued maintenance of these rooms to ensure they are as comfortable as possible for parents and families at this very sad and distressing time in their lives.

 

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