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07 November 2017

UH Bristol Sanctuary and bereavement spaces praised at healthcare awards

The Sanctuary and bereavement spaces at Bristol Royal Infirmary have won highly recommended at this year's Building Better Healthcare Awards.

Nominated by Willis Newson, who have been involved in art and transformational projects across UH Bristol's sites; the Sanctuary and bereavement spaces were up against stiff competition for the Best Internal Environment award in the 'Patient Experience Class'.

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Attending the award ceremony from the chaplain team at UH Bristol, was Jillianne Norman. Jillianne says: "There were so many wonderful projects up for the Best Internal Environment award, we didn't expect to win anything. We were delighted that the judges recognised that sanctuary and bereavement areas are rarely considered in the way we have considered them at UH Bristol, but providing a restful and caring environment is so important for the experience of distressed and bereaved families."

Judges complimented the entry, saying: "This is an absolutely wonderful scheme which has been beautifully done. These are very important spaces and traditionally we do not take enough time thinking about them. This has produced a very calming environment".

The Sanctuary at the Bristol Royal Infirmary is open from 9am to 5pm and accessed out of hours by staff swipe card.