Stoke & Staffordshire

Stafford Hospital 'wall of hands' to be demolished

The 'Wall of Hands' on the Shugborough Ward Image copyright Daisy May
Image caption Campaigners say the wall holds many memories for staff and patients

Campaigners are trying to preserve a wall covered in hand-prints of children and parents who first used a ward at Stafford Hospital.

The Shugborough Ward, home to the "wall of hands", closed during the transfer of services from Stafford (now County Hospital) to the Royal Stoke.

The wall is now due to be knocked down as part of redevelopment plans.

The NHS Trust said the wall will be preserved by using photographs.

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Campaigner Jan Kelly said the wall holds many memories for parents and staff and it will be a shame to see it disappear for good.

A spokesman for University Hospital North Midlands said consideration had been given as to whether the wall could be moved.

However, as it is a brick built wall with windows, it was thought to be impractical.

The former Shugborough Ward is being transformed into a £2m suite for day-case chemotherapy.

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