Coffee shop is revamped at hospital

Paul Simmons from RAF Cranwell, chairman of Stamford and District Round Table Mark Wibberley, matron and site manager Susan Brooks, Stamford Town Mayor David Brailsford and artist Tina Firkins who created the mural
Paul Simmons from RAF Cranwell, chairman of Stamford and District Round Table Mark Wibberley, matron and site manager Susan Brooks, Stamford Town Mayor David Brailsford and artist Tina Firkins who created the mural

A NEW mural is decorating a hospital coffee shop.

Stamford Hospital’s coffee shop has been moved to The Friary at the front of the site as part the redevelopment of the hospital.

Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust is working on a multi-million pound plan to transform the site into a health campus with the introduction of new services and revamping some of the outdated buildings.

A magical mural depicting Barn Hill, in Stamford, at dusk with an appearance of Peter Pan along with a host of new toys for the children’s area have been paid for by a donation from Stamford and District Round Table.

Artist Tina Firkins went along to the grand opening of the mural on Friday last week with round table chairman Mark Wibberley, mayor David Brailsford and Paul Simmons from RAF Cranwell. The base helped with the work.

Matron Sue Brookes has thanked the Round Table for the donation.

She said: “It is a gorgeous scene.

“Although it is not a clinical service, having a cup of tea and somewhere nice to have it is really important to people.”

Staff at the hospital are hoping to use the former restaurant for other services such as rehabillation.

The trust is also reviewing how the John Van Geest ward is used and the mix of patients treated there. Health chiefs stress they have no plans to close the ward but staff feel it could be more effective. The review is due to be completed by the end of March.

As plans move forward, staff are working to identify which buildings at the hospital are suitable for redevelopment.

The trust invested more than £250,000 in digital x-ray services last year and moved services such as pain management to the hospital.

In the future it is also looking at providing more clinics and services at the site such as oncology, phlebotomy and renal dialysis, as well as completing more day surgery and outpatient care.