Health: Charity cash funds a welcome makeover for clinic

A CLINIC at a Leeds hospital where patients have to spend hours being treated has been given a makeover.

Stalwart fundraiser Harry Clements joined forces with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Trustees to transform the room at the Clinical Immunology Department in the Beckett Wing at St James's University Hospital.

More than 140 patients visit the department each week and some need regular immunoglobulin infusions to treat immunodeficiency disease. That involves treatment which takes up to four hours every few weeks and as patients need it for life, many have been attending the clinic for 15 years or longer.

When senior sister Sarah Miller joined the department she was determined to improve appearance of the clinic room.

"The dcor and furniture had clearly not been updated in many years and many patients were expressing the view that, although the care provided in the department was second to none, the physical environment needed improving," she said.

Sarah applied to the hospital's Charitable Trustees who provided funding for improvements including new recliner chairs with bespoke side tables and storage for books.

Mr Clements donated funds to buy a new television for patients and Tonic, the arts programme at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, helped find a mural featuring a silver birch forest and also framed photographs of Leeds city architecture. These artworks were chosen following consultation with patients.

Sarah added: "The patients and staff are delighted with the results and I'd like to express my heartfelt thanks to Harry, the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Foundation and Tonic for all their help in improving the appearance of the Immunology clinic room."

Mr Clements is a long-time fundraiser for Leeds Teaching Hospitals, which began to show his gratitude for their care after he suffered three heart attacks, and in 2007 was awarded the MBE for his services to the community.

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