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Patients with neurological and acquired brain injuries at Poole Hospital are benefiting from the generosity of local businesses.

Portland Ward cares for people with conditions and injuries that often require a lengthy stay in hospital.

To help ensure their stay is as pleasant and varied as possible, the ward’s sensory garden has now been fitted with a novel sun awning, thanks to the generosity of Poole-based business Quay Sails.

portland ward sail

The company was approached by acquired brain injury nurse specialist Jackie Wilson to provide a quote for a sail-shaped awning to provide shade to garden users.

Impressed with the plan, Rod Brown, director of Quay Sails, agreed to provide the £500 sail free of charge.

“We were pleased to have had the opportunity to help out,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sainsbury’s in Pitwine Road, Poole, has donated crockery and cutlery to the ward’s ‘coffee shop’ style day room. There, patients and relatives can relax in comfortable surroundings, away from the ward environment.

Charge nurse Dominic Watts said the contributions made by local companies have been well received by patients and their visitors.

“Many of our patients stay with us for weeks, sometimes months, and so it’s important that we develop the ward into an environment that is stimulating and has facilities that directly benefit patients.

“The generosity of local companies has been a really important way in which we can offer the best experience to patients, so they can enjoy quality time their families and friends.

“On behalf of our patients I’d like to say a big thank you to all who support our work.”

As part of the rehabilitation package offered on Portland Ward, patients have also recently benefited from visits by Caring Canines, a voluntary group which offers dog-assisted therapy in the Poole and Bournemouth area.

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