Rosemarie Phillips, Public Governor

Posted: April 29, 2020

A statement from Kevin McNamara, Chief Executive

Rosemarie PhillipsI am sorry to share the sad news that one of our public Governors, Rosemarie Phillips (pictured), died earlier this week at the Great Western Hospital.

As a passionate advocate for people with sensory loss, since 2013 Rosemarie's role as Governor saw her influence many improvements for those with poor eyesight and hearing.

This included installing hearing loops, clearer signage and patient information and most recently, new bedside patient information boards across the hospital, which she generously funded herself.

The boards feature symbols as an easy and discreet way for staff to identify patients with sight or hearing difficulties, those at risk of falling or with dementia.

Rosemarie Phillips 3They can then make adjustments to the care or support they're providing.

Alongside her role as governor, Rosemarie volunteered in the Eye Clinic and was well known and respected in the local community as an advocate for improving accessibility.

Her expertise and personal experience meant she was able to offer a unique insight and her work has helped to make life easier for hundreds of local people with poor sight and hearing loss across Swindon.

She was a representative of the Royal National Institute of Blind People in Swindon, a committee member of Let's Hear in Swindon and a member of her surgery's Patient Participation Group.

She also worked with Age UK, Swindon Borough Council's Equality Advisory Forum, and to relax she enjoyed playing bridge.

I have been in contact with Rosemarie's family to offer my condolences and they have shared the following words:

"Please don't mourn her, don't send flowers; celebrate her life."

I know Rosemarie's fellow Governors, members of the Board and all those who knew her, will be deeply saddened by this news.

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