Honoured to open the new reminiscence room – Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham


Back in February I was delighted to be contacted by Dr Dawn Chaplin, Head Nurse Patient Experience / Clinical Dean for Nursing and Ward Sister Helen Seymour of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in Birmingham to let me know that they were opening a new therapeutic reminiscence room within their ward for patients and their carers, and with my permission, would like to name it in memory of my mum.

Of course, I was truly honoured and touched to accept this offer, and yesterday had the privilege of attending the opening of the ‘Joan Whitelaw Reminiscence Room’ in person.



Dr Dawn Chaplin




The plaque reads:

In Memory of Joan Whitelaw, an Inspirational Mother
And in recognition of her Inspirational Son and Carer, Tommy Whitelaw

Caring for Carers:

To Listen, To Understand, To Support
Promoting Compassionate Care for all in Hospital


I’d like to say a huge thanks again to everyone behind this touching gesture and tribute. Yesterday was a truly special day which I will never forget and going forward, I hope that this new room will be a source of comfort for patients and their carers for many years to come.


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