Relaxation room inaugurated in ITU

DOI - Pierre Sammut

Relatives of patients in the Intensive Therapy Unit at Mater Dei hospital can take a break in a specially-dedicated relaxation room fitted out with a kitchenette, armchairs, and even a bed for over-night or longer stays.

Health Minister Chris Fearne inaugurated the Drew Room, named after 20-year-old Drew Abela who passed away two years ago. He said the space would prove priceless for relatives of patients in life threatening conditions who remain at the hospital for long hours.

“The ITU is one of the most sensitive wards and 1,500 people use it every single year. A lot is said about the patients and the staff who work here, but not so much about the relatives and loved ones who spend long hours in these halls”, Fearne said.

This room was renovated by the Malta Rotary Club as one of the initiatives done by ‘Life After Drew’, a campaign set up by Mr Abela’s parents to encourage more persons to donate organs after death.