New family support room on Byland Ward thanks to generous donations

A family support room has been officially opened on Byland Ward at Harrogate District Hospital, thanks to generous donations from local Freemasons and the Friends of Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity.

The Masons Suite was officially opened by the Provincial Grand Master, David Pratt, after a £25,000 donation from the Masonic Province of Yorkshire, West Riding, and £5,000 from the Friends of Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity.

The new Suite will improve patient experience on Byland Ward for patients, including those with dementia and learning disabilities. It includes reminiscence features and mood lighting and will provide a comforting non-clinical environment to patients.

Provincial Grand Master, David Pratt, and Matron, Tammy Gotts, opening the Masons Suite.

Tammy Gotts, Matron, who has co-ordinated the efforts to open to the Masons Suite, said: “The project has been two years in the making and we are delighted that the Masons Suite is now open.

“Our huge thanks go to the Masonic Province of Yorkshire, West Riding, and the Friends of Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity, for their generous donations. Without them, the project would not have been possible.

“The Suite will improve the experience of staying in hospital for the patients on the ward.”

Representatives from the Masonic Province of Yorkshire, West Riding, joined Chief Executive, Dr Ros Tolcher, and Matron, Tammy Gotts, for the Suite’s official opening.

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Jamie Wright, Communications and Marketing Assistant, jamie.wright@hdft.nhs.uk and 01423 557732.