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New registrar office proves a popular venue after registering more than 100 births

New registrar office proves a popular venue after registering more than 100 births

Salisbury families are finding it easier to register births and deaths after Wiltshire Registration Service opened a new office at Salisbury District Hospital this summer.   Since it first opened in May, more than 100 births have been registered at the new registrar’s office in the hospital complex, helping to make the process easier for residents of Salisbury and the surrounding districts.   The main office at Bourne Hill remains open Monday to Friday and people can book appointments to be seen there, however they now also have the option of using the new office at the hospital. New families can register their babies on site or people can register a death at the new office. Bereaved families will also be able to benefit from Wiltshire’s Tell Us Once service during their appointment, which informs government organisations and local council services about the death so families do not have to repeat the detail during a difficult time for them.   The office was officially opened today by Stuart Wheeler, cabinet member for governance and Dave Cates from The Stars Appeal which provided support to refurbish the office.   Stuart Wheeler, cabinet member for governance said: “The figures speak for themselves, demonstrating how important this facility has become to families in the six months since it has been opened.   “We’re grateful to Salisbury District Hospital for hosting this new service and their help and advice, and to The Stars Appeal which has helped us create a welcoming space for people to use.”   The Stars Appeal http://www.starsappeal.org/ is Salisbury District Hospital’s charity which raises money to create the best possible experience for patients and their families by funding extra care and equipment over and above that provided by the NHS. The charity works hard to help local people across all wards and departments.    Dave Cates head of fundraising for The Stars Appeal said:  “As a charity we always want to help local people in hospital and already this new service is proving to be very valuable and is making life easier for new families and those who have sadly suffered a bereavement. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our donors and supporters, without whom none of the Stars Appeal’s life changing work would be possible.”


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