Hi Midge, I have a feeling I know exactly what hospital you're in.......Until Wednesday, I was in the Paris themed room, it was sooooooo relaxing and absolutely stunning!!!!!
It is a brand new ward, half has been paid by the hospital trust, the other half have been raised by our CF unit, they have done the best job imaginable. I actually didn't want to leave!!
You are right, the transisition from childrens to adults was the scariest move in the world. I moved over when I was 18........So 6 years ago. This is the first time I have felt comfortable in hospital, and not actually wanting to jump out of the window or hang myself or something. Last time I was on the old ward, over a year ago, I swore I was neevr going back on that ward as tbh it was dangerous and horrible.
They have brought over the best of the staff from our old ward, everyone is so happy and cheerful and actually wanting to be there. It makes such a huge difference!
Also on offer is woodwork, art therapy, reflexology/massage/reiki. There is a gym on the ward, though I never got to use it, used old gym and got a thorough battering everyday. It was hard work at the time, but I'm feeling so much better for it.
Ivy-yes this is NHS, and it's in the same hospital as before, just round the corner! This has being a long time coming, a very long time coming. The ward has been built to specifications with imput from staff and most importantly patients. It is honestly like a hotel, infact if you ignore the drugs, it actually pretty much is a hotel. Every hospital ward, where there will be long term, recurrent patients, should be like this.
The staff were singing to me in a morning on request, because they are that happy in their jobs, this has been the best thing for me. Thye clean the rooms every single day, and it's not just a little flick of the mop, it's a proper clean. Sheets changed every day without having to beg-it's just done!
I was really worried about going in again, even though it was to the new ward. Home IV's just haven't been doing the trick though really. It was another patient who convinced me that actually the new ward was great, and Id be ok. I'm glad they did, as I know now, I am going to be in a comfortable and most importantly SAFE and CLEAN hospital, where I'll get looked after. I've seriosuly come out on top of the world after this admission. :)
Hope you're getting better in hosp hun, and you're not enjoying it toooo much ;)