Staff rooms across Blackpool Teaching Hospitals transformed by Blue Skies

Donations from the nations fundraising, including the late Captain Sir Tom Moore, have been used to give staff rooms at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals a new lease of life.

The Trust’s charity Blue Skies has used funding from NHS Charities Together to transform staff rooms and break areas into relaxing and welcoming spaces.

Over a series of grants, the £180,000 worth of funding has been used to create wobble rooms and wellbeing packs for staff and mementoes for bereaved families.

But in an effort to make a long-term impact, the charity seized the opportunity to revamp areas with new appliances, décor and furniture.

Speaking to Rebecca Rogers, a Sister on the Urology Unit, she gave a run through of the Unit’s newly renovated staff room.

They spruced up the area with new seating and tables, fridge, microwave and a fresh lick of paint on the walls.

She said: “The old seats were all cracked and it felt like you were sat on the floor. It didn’t have a staff room feel about it, but it’s lovely now.”

The Endoscope Decontamination Unit (EDU), another area to receive new seating, tables, fridge and drinks ware, expressed their gratitude.

Lara Turner, Deputy Manager of EDU, said: “The staff were having to sit with their lunch on their laps and tripping up over each other. There’s a lot more room now, it’s more conversational.”

“They can sit in here for their audits and write up their reports, so it’s a lot more useable now.”

Having witnessed the challenging and often distressing situations our healthcare staff have and continue to face, Blue Skies knew how vital it was to ensure that they feel appreciated and supported.

Over 80 staff rooms in both clinical and administrative areas in hospitals across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre have received new furnishings.

Head of Fundraising, Kila Redfearn, explains that this opportunity wouldn’t have been possible without the nations fundraising.

She said: “We’re completely indebted to our incredible local and national community for all they’ve done to raise money, so being able to directly pass that show of appreciation onto our NHS staff was crucial to us.

The new furnishings, however big or small, will really help make the staff rooms a more inviting place and hopefully serve as a little reminder of how we all pulled together during the pandemic.”