Patients' tranquil environment provided by generosity of Pembrokeshire people

Thanks to the generosity of people in Pembrokeshire, breast cancer patients have a more tranquil environment to be treated in. 
The breast services area at Withybush Hospital has been totally transformed through donations to the unit.
A Pembrokeshire beach theme means the treatment areas are less clinical.
Tessa Phillips, Macmillan Breast Care nurse, said: “The breast services rooms now have two designated consulting rooms, a quiet room and a prosthesis fitting room/Breast Care Nurses office.
“Following consultations with patients we have aimed to make the environment as non-clinical and relaxing as possible, and the room artwork is based upon the theme of Pembrokeshire Beaches as are the room names.
“The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority kindly donated images which we have been able to use on the medical privacy screens, the league of friends have donated TVs and Fishguard WI have donated images for the corridor.
“The unit benefits all women across Pembrokeshire who ever have to undergo any breast cancer care and we have had lots of positive comments from patients.”
One patient said: “I was very impressed with the way you have changed what were rather bleak rooms into a welcoming and comfortable environment for patients to use at a time when we feel very vulnerable.
“While nothing could improve on the care, skill and treatment I received when diagnosed with cancer and your aftercare is very reassuring, these alterations will provide for a more pleasant experience.”
Consultant Mr William Maxwell said: “As a clinician it is a nicer environment to have sensitive face to face discussions. Over the years many people have donated money to the service and it’s through their generosity that this new environment has been developed.”
Hywel Dda Charitable Funds is a registered charity which helps provide the vital support beyond what the NHS currently provides and invests in the health and wellbeing of the local population. Charitable Funds provides support to help keep Hywel Dda’s services at the highest standards by providing grants to a variety of areas such as purchasing state of the art equipment, improving hospital environments, community care and supporting research.
Every day patients see the benefit of the kind donations from members of the public and we are very grateful for people’s generosity.
For more information contact the Fundraising Team on 01269 239815 or
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Breast cancer nurses Nikki Cook and Tessa Phillips with Mr Maxwell.

The new 'quiet room' in the breast services area.


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