Guests were greeted in reception before being taken through to the lounge of Middlemarch Ward, which will be the hospital’s rehabilitation service for women. Here guests had a choice of being served with mocktails or more traditional fare such as tea or coffee.
Following refreshments staff then conducted tours of the hospital so that guests could get a feel of the ward environments and see the transitional living units. Also included on the tour were some of the hospital’s extensive therapy spaces that will be available. These include two gyms, a beauty salon and a library.
“We were very impressed with the new hospital which from our perspective showed a super patient environment, good flow to the layout and well thought out space. We were impressed with the leadership team you have assembled; their caring attitude, commitment and passion was very evident and this was also replicated in the few front line health care workers we spoke with.”Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Local artist Maria Cooke displayed a wonderful hand woven swan that will be on permanent display at the hospital. Another local artist, Ian Cook, from PopBangColour gave a demonstration of his unique technique of painting with remote control cars.
Other highlights of the tour included a presentation from two representatives of the National Service User Awards, a staff presentation on the hospital’s Recovery College and the very popular stand set up by Tony a local chocolatier.
The catering team did a fantastic job of feeding so many guests with some delicious food. Either side of lunch guests were treated to a couple of heartfelt and beautiful musical performances from Hannah.
“Our success is not defined by the bricks and mortar but by the care we provide.”Debra K Osteen, President Behavioral Division, UHS
After lunch came the ribbon cutting ceremony which was carried out jointly by the Lord Mayor and Debra K Osteen, President Behavioral Division, UHS. Debra also gave a well-received speech to the assembled guests and staff and described the hospital as a ‘beacon of hope’ to the women who will be treated there.
All in all it was a fantastic event. Thank you very much to everyone who attended and especially to all the staff who put in so much work to ensure the day was such a success.