In 1986 whilst the nation was enjoying the royal wedding of Andrew and Fergie and Madonna asked us to “Open Your Heart”, Birchover Ward at the Whitworth Hospital quietly opened its doors to patients from Matlock and surrounding area.  Since then the ward has had many improvements many funded by Matlock Hospitals League of Friends and this year the League has celebrated Birchover Ward's 25th Birthday with the presentation of new furniture for the conservatory.

League of Friends Chair Diana Dakin said “we are delighted to be able to give this furniture which will ensure that users of the conservatory can do so in comfort. It is also exciting to be celebrating 25 years of Birchover Ward which has provided a high level of care for many Matlock residents in the last quarter of a century”.
From left to right Wilma Hulland, Diana Dakin, Joanne Housley and Pam Wildgoose..

Refurbished bay on Birchover Ward..