Families who are experiencing the tragedy of losing a baby will now be able to spend time in a specially designed family room and quiet room, which have been refurbished at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.
Former Celtic player Kris Commons and his fiancé Lisa Hague, whose baby Lola was stillborn in 2008, launched the family room after bereaved families fundraised over £30,000 to support the SiMBA charity project.
The family room provides an area for parents who are experiencing bereavement to stay from induction to delivery and for postnatal care so they can spend precious time with their baby; and the quiet room is specifically designed for families returning to the hospital to spend time with their baby or see their babies name in the book of remembrance.
Lisa Hague has been delighted with the rooms: “These rooms have exceeded my expectations, Kris and I have been involved from the beginning so we shouldn’t have been surprised but I can only say they are breathtaking, so tranquil. When we were speaking to other members of hospital staff they were telling us how proud they were of the rooms and that made us feel incredibly proud.”
The family room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, a sofa bed so that parents can stay in the room together, a mini fridge, Bluetooth speaker, parent packs full of toiletries; while the quiet room holds books of remembrance (with a cabinet specially designed for this purpose), a mini fridge and tea/coffee making facilities.
Evelyn Frame, NHSGGC’s head of Midwifery said: “This is such a tragic time for these families, so anything we can do to make things a little easier for them is to be welcomed.
“We are very grateful for the support of SiMBA and all those who have fundraised to make this room possible. We hope the new Family Room brings some comfort to women and their families at a very difficult time in their lives and allows them to create some lasting memories.”
Sara Fitzsimmons MBE, Executive Director, SiMBA said: “These rooms at the Royal Alexandra Hospital have been created with passion, using the experiences and suggestions from bereaved families and staff.”