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The end-of-life room at Charlton Lane Hospital has been transformed, thanks to the Cheltenham office of a global technology company.

As part of their ongoing support for local medical charity Cobalt, staff from IRESS have been doing volunteering work with local dementia patients. This has been as part of Cobalt’s charitable objectives to improve dementia patient wellbeing.

Last year, various members of the IRESS team took on a garden refurbishment on Willow Ward at Charlton Lane Hospital, and this year the team returned to transform the end-of-life room on the ward.

The project was managed by Lorraine Wood, from IRESS, and took approximately ten members of the team four days to complete the work, with a grand opening and party held on Thursday 11 July for the patients, their families and staff. The team have made huge efforts to make the room a calm and relaxing space for patients and their families alike.

IRESS painted a beautiful mural in the room and provided soft furnishings to add comfort; they also gifted lots of travel toiletries for visitors, picture frames with changeable images dependent on the patient’s particular interests, electric candles and a digital photo frame and CD player. The IRESS team also added a painted mural of a water pump in the garden in memory of staff member Patrick, who recently passed away. The room opens up onto the garden that was refurbished by the team last year, making this space an open and serene area for patients at their end of life and their families.

Tracy Creswell, Ward Manager, said: “We’re very grateful to the IRESS team for all their hard work in transforming our end-of-life room on Willow Ward. The room is a calm and relaxing space, which will benefit patients and their loved ones at what can be a highly emotional time. The team’s thoughtful touches, such as the picture frames where the images can be changed, and the CD player, mean the patient can spend the end of their life surrounded not only by their family and loved ones, but by the comfort of familiar sounds and images.”