MEMBERS of the Barry & District Soroptimists have gathered at Hilary West’s Florist to show their support for Barry Hospital’s Sam Davies ward.

They discuss future actions in the campaign to oppose the ward’s closure.

They were joined by Vale MP Alun Cairns and Dyfan ward councillor, Leighton Rowlands who both oppose any closure proposals.

Soroptimists International Barry & District president, Norma Reynolds said: “We are concerned and dismayed regarding the proposed shutting of the Sam Davies Ward, Barry Hospital.

“The Soroptimists have forged a close relationship with the ward over the past few years supporting the innovative ideas of Sister Linda Edwards.

“We have seen the staff on the Sam Davies ward introducing a varied programme of activities for patients to ensure that they have a stimulating environment during their stay at the hospital and do not spend all day in bed.

“We have been extremely impressed by the high standard of care for patients and support given to carers.”

Since the announcement of the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s reorganisation plans, Soroptimists have actively gathered signatures for the petition and to date have obtained 1,200 alone from Soroptimists, friends and family.

Hilary West, whose Save the Sam Davies banner is strategically placed outside of her shop opposite Barry Hospital, said: “In the Florist our customers have been only too eager to sign the petition.

“The Sam Davies ward is held in high regard.

“This ward is undoubtedly an asset to the residents of Barry and the Vale, being readily accessible and well supported by the local community.”

Some club members have had personal experience of family, friends and neighbours being cared for on the ward.

Soroptimist, Jackie Memory said: “Having visited friends on the ward, on a number of occasions, I have seen the comfort it has brought them from being in a hospital in their own home town where friends and family can pop in regularly.

“The warm, personal atmosphere of the ward and the dedication of the staff make this a very special place.”

A public consultation meeting will be held in the Glamorgan Suite at Memorial Hall, Gladstone Road, Barry, from 1.30pm to 3pm on Monday, September 23.