Vis­i­tors get up­date on hospi­tal’s makeover

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The new wing project at Pohlen Hospi­tal has of­fi­cially reached the half­way mark and this mile­stone was cel­e­brated in style on Fri­day as mem­bers of the com­mu­nity were in­vited to check out the work done so far.

A for­mal pre­sen­ta­tion ex­tended pa­tients’ lounge tours.

Pohlen Hospi­tal Trust Board deputy chair­man David Gas­coigne said the project was track­ing ex­tremely well and was on bud­get. ‘‘We really do have some­thing spe­cial here. ‘‘To be one of 15 hos­pi­tals out of 600-plus around the coun­try with four-year ac­cred­i­ta­tion says a lot about what sort of fa­cil­ity Pohlen Hospi­tal is,’’ he said.

About 100 peo­ple at­tended the open day and were over­whelmed by what had been achieved so far, es­pe­cially when view­ing the newly re­fur­bished rooms in the ma­ter­nity unit.

For many, the high­light was the ho­tel-like pre­sen­ta­tion and warm and car­ing ser­vice pro­vided by mid­wives and aides.

‘‘Why go out of town when this is on your doorstep?’’ Mr Gas­coigne said.

Pohlen Foun­da­tion Trust chair­per­son Lady Mar­garet Spring ac­knowl­edged the con­tri­bu­tions of ev­ery­one who sup­ported the trust’s fundrais­ing ef­forts with a spe­cial men­tion go­ing to the Dal­tons Daisies.

‘‘The chal­lenge now is to get the fund­ing fin­ish our new wing project,’’ she said.

‘‘Let’s fin­ish the job.’’ took place in the fol­lowed by guided


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