THANKS to the fantastic fundraising efforts and the generosity of the local community, work to develop a new roof terrace adjoining the refurbished Ward 10 at Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest, began earlier this summer.

The roof terrace development is being made possible thanks to Elly’s Ward 10 Flag Appeal and those who have generously made charitable donations to the Appeal and the health board’s Pembrokeshire Cancer Services Fund.

The new outdoor space will enhance the experience and well-being of patients and staff on the ward, who will be able to benefit from fresh air and being outdoors.

Dr Andrew Burns, Hospital Director at Withybush, said: “We’re excited to see the work begin on the roof terrace. We anticipate the work being completed this coming autumn. It will be a wonderful addition to the ward, benefiting patients and staff.

“In the meantime, we thank Elly’s Ward 10 Flag Appeal, the Pembrokeshire community and everyone involved for their contribution, support and generosity.”

Lyn Neville, Elly’s father, added: “All of us involved with Elly’s Flag Appeal are proud to contribute to the Ward 10 roof terrace project. 

“This will enable patients to enjoy some outside space. Hospital can be a daunting place and small things, like being able to have some fresh air, can make a big difference to a patient’s mental health and well-being.”

Hywel Dda University Health Board will work closely with everyone involved throughout the development, including fundraisers, donors, patients, and staff.

The hospital’s refurbished Ward 10 provides a range of facilities that provide an improved and enhanced environment to care for patients. The modern, purpose-built area is dementia friendly, supporting those with bariatric requirements and improved facilities for relatives. 

The overall ward development scheme, mainly funded by Welsh Government, also benefited from more than £500,000 in charitable donations from the health board’s Pembrokeshire Cancer Services Fund, Elly’s Ward 10 Flag Appeal, and significant donations received from the late Luke Harding and his family.