Trust Chief Executive, Andrew Liles and Neonatal Consultant, Dr Tracy Lawson hosted a short visit from the Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling, to the neonatal intensive care unit at St Peter’s Hospital on Friday 14th March.
Mr Grayling was on a visit to Surrey, facilitated by the County Council’s Youth Reparation Service, to see the work being done locally to support young offenders. St Peter’s Hospital has a long standing partnership with the service through a unique carpentry project, where the young people make items to help patients.
Mr Liles said:
“At the Trust we are very pleased to be able to support this important scheme and the quality of what the young people make is very impressive. A good example is the memory boxes they create for use by sadly bereaved parents on our neonatal intensive care unit. It means that parents have a beautiful box to store items special to them, such as photos, baby blankets and name bands. The carpentry project has also made some large toys for use in the playroom on our children’s ward, such as a phone box, fort and farm and activity equipment used by dementia and stroke patients to help them adjust to everyday tasks.”
During his visit, Mr Grayling took a tour around the neonatal intensive care unit, saw the equipment first hand and spoke with various members of staff about how it helps their patients. He said: “It was a real pleasure to talk to the hospital staff who use this equipment and in understanding how it benefits patients. This is a unique scheme, giving young offenders the opportunity to pay something back to the local community, which is very important as part of their rehabilitation, as well as teaching them an important skill, and of course the equipment itself is hugely beneficial to the hospital.”
The picture above shows the memory boxes which are given to bereaved families in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.