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New artwork installed in brand new unit in memory of beloved colleague

Thursday December 24, 2020

Pre-assessment colleagues at Worthing hospital have paid tribute to a much-loved, ‘kind hearted’ member of the team, Andrea Clements, who sadly passed away earlier this year.

Sister Vanessa Foley and her colleagues commissioned a painting to be installed at the entrance of the newly developed pre-operative assessment unit, which opened last month.

Vanessa said: “Andrea was a beautiful soul with a wicked sense of humour! She loved the stars and the night sky. When she passed, we wanted to do something in her memory.”

The artist Horace, also known as the ‘Worthing Banksy’, designed and created this beautiful painting. It’s up for everyone to enjoy and benefit, but also for staff who knew her to remember her by and know the significance of Pooh Bear.

It’s up for everyone to enjoy and benefit, but also for staff who knew her to remember her by

“Andrea chose a quote for her funeral from Winnie-the-Pooh, ‘Memories are Forever’, which we will be getting engraved on a plaque next to the painting as a message from Andrea. The artwork was installed last night, and the first patient who walked in today was absolutely mesmerised by it. It’s stunning and the further back you stand, the more colours you see.”

The artwork is placed at the entrance of the new pre-operative assessment unit, which now provides the department 30% more floor area than they had previously and a 40% increase in consult rooms, contributing to improved theatre usage.

The new unit also provides essential pre-operative testing within the department, reducing the need for multiple appointments prior to surgery and reducing pressure on other departments, which has improved patient experience.

Vanessa Foley said: “This new unit is designed for our needs. It’s lighter and airier and much more accessible. We’re also much better set up to assess a whole range of patients, including those with disabilities and bariatric patients.”

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