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New kitchen is everyone’s cup of tea

Staff working in main theatres at Poole Hospital now have the use of a new bespoke kitchen thanks to the generosity of two local businessmen.

Terry Barents, from Barents Project Management, in Poole, and Steve Ferris, from Steve Ferris Kitchens Ltd, in Charminster, donated materials and time to turn the space from rudimentary shelving and worktops with little storage to a dedicated kitchen space for staff to use at break times.

Terry’s wife Linda is a theatre support worker in the hospital’s theatres team and mentioned to her husband how tired and impractical the old kitchen was.

Terry explains more: “They were looking at getting a second hand set of cabinets in and I thought I could do better.

“I put my idea to Steve and he was more than happy to oblige.”

Between them, Terry and Steve donated all the fittings and fixtures, including units, sinks and worktops, as well as the labour to fit them over the course of a weekend in November, free of charge. Terry was helped by employee Steven Clarke, who donated his time too.

“I know from Linda that the theatre team works so hard, it was really nice to be able to use our skills, expertise and contacts to do something good for them,” said Terry.

Steve agrees.

“My suppliers gave me extra discounts as they knew they would be going to a really good cause,” he said.

“I thought it was a really worthwhile project to be involved with, and I’m delighted it has been such a hit with staff.

“The NHS is hard pressed and has helped me and my family over the years - this is just my way of giving something back.”

Lyndsey Townsend, operating department practitioner, said the area is now much more user-friendly and is well-used by staff.

“We’re really grateful to Terry and Steve for their generosity – the kitchen has made a real difference.

“Our operating theatres are constantly busy and it’s important that staff can have a proper break in a pleasant environment during their shift to rest and refuel – the new kitchen really does help us to do this.”

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