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.
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.