Official opening of The Sir Thomas Moore Ward

Today we were pleased to host the official opening of our temporary ward block – The Sir Thomas Moore Ward, located in Car Park A.

The need for this ward has been driven by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in a rearranging of services at the hospital. The ward will provide a short stay facility for medically stable patients.

Our Chief Executive Officer, Simon Weldon opened the new ward today.

“Thank you to everyone who’s made this happen. Only two months ago this was a car park. We have made this happen extraordinarily quickly.

This new ward is an important benefit to our patients”

The ward block went from a car park to a fully working temporary ward block in five weeks.

“To all the teams, that made this happen – I’d like to say a huge thank you. You’ve really made a huge difference to our patients”

KGH turned to our staff for a suitable name for the ward. Staff made suggestions, with a vote being held on the final three suggestions.

We were joined at the opening by Sherry Stokes. Her son, Edward had painted a picture of Sir Thomas Moore and had been selling copies to raise funds for NHS Charities Together.

“I recently applied to become a volunteer at KGH. Christine Hardy (Volunteers Manager) sent through her regular newsletter and mentioned the name of this new ward. My son had recently painted an image Captain Tom”

“He is primarily a wildlife artist, but our family all thought that the sketch caught Captain Tom expertly. I offered a print to Christine for the ward”

Shelly and her family have a connection to KGH, having first come to KGH with her husband in 1970, who was working as a house officer at the hospital.

It was a very exciting time for Shelly seeing her son’s artwork being unveiled.

“I am a very proud mother. I can’t wait to show him the photo of the unveiling”.