Doncaster war hero Ben Parkinson has opened a new hospital ward which will help older people gain more independence before they can return home from hospital.
Ben opened the Hazel Ward at Tickhill Road Hospital, which is the same hospital which provided him with a range of treatments after he was seriously injured in Afghanistan in 2006.
The ward will offer support for an older person who no longer requires acute hospital care, but would not be able to return home without additional time to help them become more independent.
Ben’s mum, Diane, said: “Ben was so pleased to open the ward. It means so much to him. The support he received from staff at Tickhill Road Hospital was excellent. He calls them his ‘miracle workers’. He’s so proud to officially open this ward.”
Madeleine Keyworth, chairman of RDaSH, added: “It is a great privilege to see Ben open this facility.
“I know he thinks a lot about our staff, and it is great to see him do the official honours.”