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Mums help choose Whittington baby ward’s new decor

31 July, 2020 — By Tom Foot

NHS staff at Whittington Hospital’s postnatal Cellier Ward, which has undergone a refurbishment

THE postnatal ward at the Whittington Hospital has had a revamp with new facilities and decor.

The hospital’s charity, Whittington Hospital Charitable Funds, contributed £1m towards the refurbish­ment works of the Cellier Ward, along with updates to the maternity unit last year.

The overall design of the ward including the colour scheme, wall murals and dimmable lighting was chosen following a survey of mothers who had given birth at the Archway hospital.

Elizabeth Cellier

The bays are bigger, there are new bathrooms and reclining chairs for fathers who want to stay overnight.

Whittington chief executive Siobhan Harrington said: “All of the hard work has been worth it when you stand in the space and take in how fantastic it looks and how well it functions.”

The ward is named after Elizabeth Cellier, a pioneering 17th-century midwife who once stood trial for treason in 1680 for an alleged part in the “Meal-Tub Plot” against the future James II. She was acquitted and later became a pamphlet­eer in the field of midwifery.

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