Stainton enjoys rich tapestry

The tapestry is a Belgium tapestry. Mr Briggs said tapestry’s became very popular around that time as it was the first time since the war that we could get that sort of thing in New Zealand.


17 July 2013

A tapestry donated to Ward 4 by patient Wally Briggs still holds pride of place in the ward he spent nine weeks in recovering from an accident 28 years ago.

The Briggs family donated the wall hanging from  Briggs’ Furniture shop 28 years ago in appreciation for the great care he received while staying in the ward.

This week he is back in ward 4 in exactly the same bed and says the service he is receiving is still superb.

“I was here for nine weeks back then after a car accident and Patricia Woods was the charge nurse at the time,” said cabinet maker and former owner of Briggs for 50 years in New Plymouth.

“The service has not diminished and I am still receiving the best care. The only change is that I had a lovely view then. I could see all the spring flowers,” he laughs.

Now Mr Briggs looks straight into the new building which patients will be moving into in August. “I haven’t seen inside the new block but all the reports I’ve heard are that it is very good.”

The ward block that Mr Briggs is currently recovering in will be demolished later in August to make way for a new entry link that will connect the new ward and theatre block with the rest of the hospital.

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Last updated: Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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