Hospital gift is symbol of hope

Girvan Community Council handed over the artistic screen to Girvan Community Hospital on Thursday at a dedication attended by NHS and Scottish Ambulance Service managers and staff.
Girvan Community Council handed over the artistic screen to Girvan Community Hospital on Thursday at a dedication attended by NHS and Scottish Ambulance Service managers and staff.

GIRVAN Community Council has offered a little peace and tranquillity to the town’s busy community hospital with an artistic gift.

Community council members gathered in the Quiet Room of the hospital at Bridgemill on Thursday last week for the dedication of a silk screen.

Since the hospital opened four years ago, the community council has had concerns about the Quiet Room’s lack of privacy – the large windows looking out on to a bus stop near the building’s front entrance.

After funds to furnish and decorate the room were severely depleted during the hospital’s construction, they feared the completed room was too clinical-looking – far from intentions for it to be a peaceful haven from the bustling, emotionally tough environment outside.

Community councillor Molly McQuade thought up the idea of a screen, and approached vice-chairwoman and Girvan artist Winifred Wright to design and create it.

Winifred, who runs The Wave Gallery on Girvan’s Knockcushan Street, painted sheaths of silk in relaxing blues and greens to complete the screen, the structure of which was supplied by Girvan carpenter Jimmy Lindsay.

Winifred said she was touched by Thursday’s dedication. “People said such nice things,” she said.

Girvan Community Council chairman Ken Johnstone commended Winifred for her work and added: “I hope that this screen will bring some pleasure to patients, visitors and staff of this hospital and that everyone seeing it will be just that little bit happier for it.”

Hospital chaplain Sheila Mitchell said the screen was a symbol of hope, rest, and peace, and thanked Winifred and the community council for their generosity.

Healthcare manager Jean Hendry said: “We are delighted to accept it. We very much welcome spontaneous gestures like this and I think it is wonderful that Winifred, as a local artist, thought about it.”