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These are the new draught design templates for rooms 8 & 9 on CDS.

Those of you who are familiar with these two rooms will hopefully be able to envisage the ideas and layouts proposed.

The main feature is that room 8 will become more of a family room as opposed to an office type layout as it is now and be a place where parents and family members can come and be comforted in a more natural relaxed setting.

It’s hoped that most of the electric points and gas trunking that is in the room currently will be removed and the whole room will be redecorated around the colours of the new sofa’s that snowdrop has already provided from donations made by the Staddon Heights Golf Club.

The images in colour of the coffee table etc are ideas about colour finishes and design and the circular green disc is a general representation of the wall colouring in mind.

The planning & design team have done a great deal of research into finding out the most appropriate colours that have been evidence based to support recovery in such difficult times of loss.

We hope to have the floors recovered in a wood effect finish and have a subtle uplighter near the crib area.

There are thoughts about having the standard blinds removed and replaced with the snowdrop picture which will be put over the glass to give privacy whilst still allowing subtle light to shine through.

The current office style desks will be removed and replaced with a much smaller inconspicuous computer desk tucked away in the nearside corner of the room. This will still enable the midwives to have access to necessary medical information and clinical records required.

Other items that have already been provided by The Snowdrop Appeal from your donations and fundraising will also be incorporated into the plans as best deemed possible, many of which that are already in place and being used.

The plans are still under review and the planning and design team have been working hard to get the best pleasing layouts possible with the space provided at this present time.

This is still the first phase of the snowdrop appeal plans but it’s hoped this will significantly improve services and family comfort in such difficult times until we are able to fully complete a more substantial bereavement area.

We sincerely hope that you approve of the initial proposals and we will keep you informed of the progress being made.


Room 8


Window (with Snowdrop Effect)


Up-lighter


Coffee Table


Sofa


Crib Area


Toilet


Privacy Screen


PC Desk


New Sink Area

Room 8


New Sofa (already in place)


Room Colour


Coffee Table


Flooring Style



Room 8



Window (with Snowdrop Effect) Transfer


‘Snowdrop Rooms are Underway’

See pictures of the work being done below

Below is a description of the full works sent to us by Di Brimacombe, Senior Project Support Manager

Planning & Site Services Department


Here is the ‘Snowdrop project’ update as promised.


We are now completing day three of a 2 ½ week project, although several months have been spent in the planning of the this scheme to ensure everything is delivered exactly as required. All is going well and we expect hand over around Wednesday 18th March 2015 (Subject to change should we experience any issues?)


A lot of thought and consideration was given before making our choices and I have included a little bit about that in the detail below:


The upgrades in room 9 include (This will be the clinical room):


New wipe-able ceiling tiles

Upgraded lighting to include new ‘greener’ energy efficient LED lights.

New Coolspot examination lamp. As the name suggested the lamp bulbs do not get hot, therefore do not emit any heat, making lengthy procedures uncomfortable for the patient.

Redecoration throughout – using bright, fresh ‘ivory lace’ paint. We have chosen a scrub-able matt paint.

We have removed the old equipment cupboard and this will be replaced with high gloss, easy clean cabinet with mid grey work tops.

New flooring in a sapphire colour with colour coordinated skirting.

We have moved the TV aerial – therefore the current TV can now be wall mounted, making it less likely to knock and gives it a better position.

The original door signage has been removed and will be replaced.

All old images / artwork has been removed.

Wall protection will be fitted from the skirting up to 1.2 metres – giving a cleaner appearance and allowing for the odd knock.

New acrylic artwork will be fitted – continuing with the ‘Snowdrop’ theme. The image will be printed on an acrylic panel and fitted with 6 brush steel ‘stand-off’ fittings.

New sink and horne optitherm taps to be fitted (The taps have a built in thermostat to avoid anyway getting scalded by hot water)

New colour coordinated IPS panel (Integrated plumbing supply) This is the coloured panel which hides all the plumbing for the sink and taps.

All old unwanted fittings have been removed and all the walls made good.

New privacy window film will be installed – allowing the light, but not allowing people to look in. (Roller blinds must be used in conjunction with the film at night.)

A beech effect cabinet will be adapted to house the cold cot motor and hide the relevant electric and water cabling / pipework. The crib will then sit on top of the unit, with the cold cot working discreetly hidden inside.



The upgrades in room 8 include (This will be the viewing room):


New wipe-able ceiling tiles

Upgraded lighting to include new ‘greener’ energy efficient LED lights with dimmer switch

Redecoration throughout – using a soft green shade, certain ‘greens’ have been proven to aid relaxation and calm. Again we have chosen a scrub-able matt paint.

We have removed the old equipment cupboard and this space will not be replaced. Instead a new beech effect desk will be put in its place for form writing, but not generic PC use.

A new beech effect seat has been purchased for use at the desk in a dark brown wipe-able fabric – which should match the brown leather sofa which will be placed in this room.

New flooring in a wood effect design with colour coordinated skirting, giving this room a more relaxing feel and aesthetically a lot less clinical looking.

The original door signage has been removed and will be replaced.

All old images / artwork has been removed.

New sink and horne optitherm taps to be fitted.

New colour coordinated IPS panel (Integrated plumbing supply)

All old unwanted fittings have been removed and all the walls made good.

A second dignity curtain will be fitted – this will be located partially around the cold cot facility.

New window film will be fitted, this will be a printed film – depicting ‘Snowdrops’.

A beech effect cabinet will be adapted to house the cold cot motor and hide the relevant electric and water cabling / pipework. The crib will then sit on top of the unit, with the cold cot working discreetly hidden inside.


The Rooms have been finished !


We have just received a letter to confirm the two rooms in our first phase at Derriford’s Central Delivery Suite have been finished.


All of us at The Snowdrop Appeal are elated to hear this news, it’s something we and many of you have been waiting for, for such a long time.


At times we thought we’d never get there, but with all the hard work from everyone like yourselves, it helped us at Snowdrop to keep pressing on and now all of you will soon see the fruits of your hard work.


There will be an official opening date which is provisionally being arranged for 27th April 2015 and we hope to invite some of you along for this special occasion.


At the moment, neither Jen or myself or any of our little team have seen the rooms and its all being kept a surprise until the day.


We believe the Chief Executive of Plymouth Hospitals Ann James will be at the opening plus many more senior people who have been involved including Susan Stock Head of Midwifery/ Associate Director of Nursing, Nicky Phillips Maternity Matron and Di Brimacombe who designed the room and her team who completed the work.


As soon as we have some pictures, we will post them on here but until then, this is the last email we had from Di with the great news:-


Hi Greg and Jen


I am thrilled to advise the Snowdrop Appeal project here at Derriford is now complete – hoorayyy!!!!. Everyone who has visited so far, have been thrilled with the outcome and hope you will be too when the rooms are finally revealed to you. *As requested by yourself I have not included any ‘completed images’ – let’s save the reveal for the day!


As yet the rooms have yet to be used, however should the need occur – we will use the experience as a learning curve to see if there is anything we need to add or change before the official opening.


Nicky and Sue have liaised with a ‘Communications team’ and we are hoping to arrange the official opening for week commencing 7th April 2015 – we week following Easter. This date is to be confirmed and both Nicky and Sue will be in touch to discuss this.


I am on leave after today and looking forward to some time off … the project has been very rewarding and truly hope all at the ‘Snowdrop Appeal’ are happy with results.


I look forward to meeting you soon.


Kind regards Di  




Di Brimacombe


Senior Project Support Manager

Planning & Site Services Department