THE first citizen of Bognor Regis has been given a glimpse of life at the town’s hospital.
The town’s mayor Tony Gardiner received a warm welcome from staff at the Sussex Community NHS Trust (SCT) when he visited the Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital.
Last Friday’s occasion gave Cllr Gardiner the chance to meet the community, nursing and therapy teams who help people live healthy, independent lives in their own homes or who need a stay at one of the inpatient wards before going home.
“It was great to learn about the work at the hospital and to meet the staff,” he said.
“Their work makes a real difference to peoples’ lives.”
It was up to Karen Richards, modern matron (SCT), to give Cllr Gardiner the tour. This included a visit to the rheumatology service, as well as an opportunity to meet with staff.
There was also tea and cake and the chance to see the work of the outpatients department.
Ms Richards said: “The mayor was able to see first-hand the work of our teams.
“Our teams work with people to help avoid deterioration in their health, to keep them in their home where they prefer to be and to help them to get back home following a period of hospital stay at our inpatient wards with appropriate care and support.
“I particularly want to thank the Friends of Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital for their continued support of the hospital. They have raised a significant amount of money over the years. And their work in organising our popular annual summer fete which has a great community spirit.
“All monies donated go a long way to improve the experience for our patients and staff.”
Brian Knight, who has been the chairman of the Friends since 1980 helped to set up the visit.
“It was a pleasure to meet with the mayor and matron Karen Richards to show the work of the various clinics and departments at the hospital,” he said.
“And to show how the work of the friends has supported the hospital and residents of Bognor Regis and neighbouring towns and villages over the years, from legacies and donations made to the friends and spent within the hospital, including funds raised at our annual fete.”