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Former patient donates tapestries to Palliative Support Centre

A former Dewsbury Hospital patient has donated three hand-woven tapestry pieces to the Rosewood Palliative Day Support and Therapy centre at Dewsbury and District Hospital as a thank you to the hospital that supported her.

Shirley Ross, from Dewsbury, who previously received medical care from the breast cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists at Dewsbury and District Hospital, wanted to give something back to the hospital she received her treatment from.

One of Shirley’s former Clinical Nurse Specialists, Debbie Brown, currently works at the Rosewood Centre at Dewsbury Hospital and informed Shirley about the work of the Palliative Support team at the Centre.

Shirley is an experienced textile artist who has crafted tapestries for many years, and the three modern tapestry pieces she has donated, depict how she visualises a range of images inspired by natural and sometimes man-made landscapes.

The Rosewood Centre is a specialist unit offering patients a range of different therapies including specialist nursing advice, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, arts and crafts, relaxation, medicines management education and drop-in days, where they can talk privately and candidly about the issues facing them.

Textile artist, Shirley Ross, commented about her donation: “All the NHS staff who cared for me were so positive, kind, efficient and helpful in every way. I wanted to find a way to repay them for their great contribution to my recovery."

Shirley added: “I am a textile artist, but now retired from producing woven textile hangings to commission. It occurred to me that perhaps I could donate some of the works I still have in my store to any hospital or hospice where they might brighten and soften the visual environment and provide a distraction for anxious patients like me who spent many hours waiting and worrying.”

The tapestries are now on display in the Rosewood Centre at Dewsbury and District Hospital.