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Queen's Hospital unveils new bereavement centre in Romford

PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 April 2017

Trust lead chaplain Philip Wright, chaplain Alison Horncastle, bereavement officers Deborah Carter and Julie Atkins and Jeff Buggle, in the reception area of the new centre.

Trust lead chaplain Philip Wright, chaplain Alison Horncastle, bereavement officers Deborah Carter and Julie Atkins and Jeff Buggle, in the reception area of the new centre.

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A new bereavement centre will provide a better and more compassionate service for families who have recently lost a loved one.

The Daisy Centre inside Queen’s Hospital, in Rom Valley Way, Romford, was opened on March 23 by acting chief executive Jeff Buggle.

It offers more space and privacy and brings together registrars, bereavement officers and chaplains into the brightly refurbished centre.

Users of the previous bereavement service said it didn’t offer enough privacy and was difficult to find and it is hoped the new one will provide an easier and more supportive service for grieving relatives.

Ian James, chairman of the Patient Partnership Council, said: “I am delighted that the Daisy Centre has opened, providing a much more personal and compassionate service for people who have been bereaved.

“Bringing the entire bereavement team together makes it much better for the staff providing these important services, helping them to work more closely together.

“It also goes some way towards making a difficult process a bit more straightforward for families who have lost a loved one.”

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