Relatives and friends can now brighten their loved ones’ stay at West Suffolk Hospital by sending them a free e-card containing a personal message which will be hand-delivered to their bedside.
The new scheme gives people the chance to order their card and add their own message via the hospital’s website. The cards will then be printed and delivered to the wards during the week by volunteers.
The initiative has been introduced at the suggestion of public governor Roy Banks, who found out about a similar service in place at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It is hoped it will be particularly useful for people who live a long way from the hospital and are unable to visit, or those who are unsure as to how long their relative will be staying.
Local artist Caroline Blake has kindly given permission for four of her paintings to be used on the cards, all of which have tree designs and have been chosen to appeal to any age, taste or gender.
“It’s a really nice scheme and everyone I’ve mentioned it to thinks it’s a great idea,” she said. “It makes it so easy for people to show their relatives they are thinking of them – especially if they live further away.
“Much of my work focuses on impressionistic style trees and nature, as I enjoy bringing the outside in, with all its natural beauty. I love to embellish my paintings with jewels, beads and crystals to make them really bright and vibrant. I think that these textural elements still translate well onto the cards, all of which are images of the original pieces of art.
“I really hope that patients are pleased to receive the cards, enjoy the designs and feel uplifted by them during what can otherwise be a difficult time.”
Linda Murrell, voluntary services manager at the hospital, said: “Our volunteers are delighted to be able to help with this fantastic scheme, which will remind our patients that they are in their loved ones’ thoughts while they are in hospital.
“We hope it will help make people’s stay at West Suffolk Hospital that little bit brighter.”