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'Relatives' room' plans for Norfolk hospital

PUBLISHED: 08:38 16 November 2019 | UPDATED: 08:38 16 November 2019

Nancy Downey and Jim Hardy. long-serving committee members of the Friends of North Walsham War Memorial Hospital. Picture: Richard Batson

Nancy Downey and Jim Hardy. long-serving committee members of the Friends of North Walsham War Memorial Hospital. Picture: Richard Batson

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Plans are being made to add a 'relatives' room' at North Walsham War Memorial Hospital.

The new committee of the Friends of North Walsham War Memorial Hospital.  Picture: Richard BatsonThe new committee of the Friends of North Walsham War Memorial Hospital. Picture: Richard Batson

The facility, in a former team meeting room, will be paid for by donations channelled through the hospital's friends' group, and will allow people from across the country visiting patients to stay overnight, closer to their loved one.

There are also plans to brighten up a brick wall view from a ward window with a mural using the art skills of students at Paston College.

The plans were discussed at the friends' group's annual meeting, which also saw two long-serving committee members, Nancy Downey and Jim Hardy, step down. A new committee was confirmed, which includes chairman Keith Jarvis, secretary Angie Batson, treasurer Carol Willgress and members Richard Batson, Zana Jarvis, Margaret Johnson, James Plummer, and Sue Yaxley.

Highlights from the past year have included opening of a £22,000 day room.

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