A WARD in Southend Hospital was resplendent in decorations for the Coronation of King Charles III.
Like other wards across Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, the big event was screened across televisions for patients.
Wards also put up banners and bunting, but Balmoral Ward even had its own cut-out of King Charles!
Ward Manager, Helen Cullen, explained what a positive difference it has had on patients and visiting relatives.
She said: “It is a big thing for patients and just helps bring the celebrations to life for them.
“We’ve even had relatives tell us that they think it is really poignant that we have been going to so much effort for patients and helping give them that party atmosphere. It can be difficult for relatives who have people in hospital or who live far away, so it has been lovely to create that feeling of togetherness for our ward family.”
One of those is patient Sylvia Knox, 84, from Hadleigh.
She said: “The ward looks absolutely wonderful and has created a great atmosphere and has made us feel a real part of it.
“It’s really brought back fond memories from the Queen’s Coronation of the street parties and everyone mucking in, the whole family together. I was 14 at the time and grew up in a very happy family and had an amazing mum and dad, and have very special memories from then.”
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