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New play area opened in the Children’s Ward

October 20, 2017

Steffi Goodwin who won her battle with cancer was the guest of honour at today’s official opening of the redeveloped play area on Riverbank Ward at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust.

Steffi Goodwin, from Bedford, who was a patient on Riverbank Ward, joined the Hospital’s Chief Executive, Stephen Conroy, to officially cut the ribbon to the redeveloped play area.

The outdoor play area has been completely revamped and modernised to enhance the delivery of patient care and create a fun and exciting environment to improve experience of young patients whilst on the ward.

Riverbank Ward staff initiated a campaign to raise the funds needed to complete this project. Staff completed a number of fundraising activities to kick off the campaign before approaching the Friends of Bedford Hospital Charity who then spearheaded the campaign by generously donating to the fund and recruiting a number of other local individuals and organisations that generously contributed.

Bedford Hospital’s Chief Executive, Stephen Conroy, said “I was delighted to join our very special guest, Steffi, to officially open our new Play Area on Riverbank Ward. We do recognise that coming into hospital can be a worrying time for our young patients, and everyone at the hospital is so passionate and committed about improving their experiences. I’d also like to send my thanks on behalf of the Trust Board to everyone who donated money and/or their valuable time to this project, especially The Friends of Bedford Hospital Charity who donated the majority of the total funds needed, we are very grateful.”

Riverbank Ward Sister, Helen Lindsay-Clarke said, “We know our children benefit enormously from having access to play and activities. This new play area will help them to have fun, and most importantly, relax, away from the ward environment.”

Steffi Goodwin said, “I am really impressed with the new play area! As an ex-patient of Riverbank Ward I was very happy to come back and be part of this opening ceremony. I know how important it is to be able to relax and be in a comfortable environment and I think this redevelopment will help other patients do just that”.