Health centre sets benchmark for its visitors

Peggy Pain, Pippa Tierney and Melanie Campbell with Mrs Joan Short.
Peggy Pain, Pippa Tierney and Melanie Campbell with Mrs Joan Short.

A pensioner stood up on behalf of others with mobility problems – by getting them a bench to sit on.

Joan Short of Stony Stratford was visiting the Adult Hearing Service at Eaglestone Health Centre when she noticed a lack of seating for those waiting to be picked up after an appointment.

“If you are elderly with mobility problems and don’t have any friends or family to pick you up, then you have to wait for a taxi,” said Mrs Short.

“But the problem is, there is nowhere to wait inside where you can see if it has arrived yet.So you end up having to stand and wait outside.”

The 89-year-old volunteered feedback to the centre which decided to do address the problem – and last week, Mrs Short posed on the new bench with health centre staff.

She added: “I was very surprised when I got the letter telling me what they were doing. I thought, jolly good. It will really help me and others.”

“When we read her comment we took a look and realised she was right and therefore we decided to do something about it.

“We were delighted to invite Mrs Short back to have her photo taken.”