Christine’s legacy lives on at hospital

Tim Broadley of the Health Authority and Unison president Chris Tansley join two of Christine Fenton's grandchildren Hannah Fenton and Matthew Green to officially rename the ward.
Tim Broadley of the Health Authority and Unison president Chris Tansley join two of Christine Fenton's grandchildren Hannah Fenton and Matthew Green to officially rename the ward.

A newly refurbished ward at Buxton’s Cavendish Hospital has been renamed as a lasting tribute to a very popular and well respected former member of staff.

The Fenton Ward was officially opened on Friday in memory of Christine Fenton, who died last year.

She started her career as a nursing auxiliary at the hospital and worked there for many years before becoming a full-time officer with Unison, working across the region.

The new ward follows a merger of the Burlington Ward at the Cavendish Hospital and the Johnson Ward which had transferred from the Cottage Hospital.

Matron Tina Sullivan said: “We wanted to rename it as it is a new beginning. We felt it would be a brilliant tribute to a colleague and friend and a lasting tribute to her.”

A lot of work has been carried out on Fenton Ward to improve facilities, including making all the bays ensuite, and providing ensuite side rooms. The ward has also been redecorated.

An official renaming event was attended by Mrs Fenton’s family, including her children and grandchildren, patient groups and past and present staff.

Tim Broadley, Deputy Director for Derbyshire County Health said: “I just think is it a fantastic privilege to be able to perform this ceremony today.

“Chris was very closely associated with this hospital for 30 years, since she started work here as a health care assistant.”

He said Chris had been a loyal, hardworking person not only in her job, but in bringing up her family and becoming a unison rep.

“Right from the word go she was making herself available to members and colleagues at all hours of the day. This is such a wonderful tribute,” he said.

“Chris was a wonderful colleague and taught me a lot, and others in this room a lot. She was always honest, sometimes brutally honest, but always fair.”

He said the newly-renamed ward would be a lasting legacy.