FAMILIES experiencing the tragedy of losing a baby will now be able to spend time in a specially-designed quiet room at Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital.

Former Celtic ace Kris Commons and his fiancé Lisa Hague, whose baby Lola was stillborn in 2008, also helped to launch a family room at the RAH after more than £30,000 was raised to support the SiMBA charity project.

The family room will provide a space for bereaved parents to stay from induction to delivery and for postnatal care, so they can spend precious time with their child.

Meanwhile, the quiet room is specifically designed for families returning to the hospital to spend time with their baby or see their child’s name in the book of remembrance.

Sara Fitzsimmons MBE, executive director at SiMBA, said: “I have been a practising midwife for 22 years, working for 21 of those in the NHS. The difference that family rooms can make to a parent’s experience within the hospital is incredible, allowing precious time together that isn’t rushed.

“These rooms at the Royal Alexandra Hospital have been created with passion, using the experiences and suggestions from bereaved families and staff, and I am so very proud to be able to unveil them to some of the families who have fundraised so hard to support this project.”

Lisa added: “These rooms have exceeded my expectations.

“Kris and I have been involved from the beginning, so we shouldn’t have been surprised, but I can only say they are breathtaking.

“When we were speaking to other members of hospital staff, they were telling us how proud they were of the rooms and that made us feel incredibly proud.”

The design is based on the footprint for the family rooms unveiled by Lisa and Kris in May last year at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, in Glasgow.

The family room includes tea and coffee-making facilities, a sofa bed so that parents can stay together, a mini fridge, Bluetooth speaker and parent packs full of toiletries.

The quiet room also holds all of these things, plus books of remembrance, with a cabinet specially designed for this purpose.

Evelyn Frame, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s head of midwifery, said: “This is such a tragic time for these families, so anything we can do to make things a little easier for them is to be welcomed.

“We are very grateful for the support of SiMBA and all those who have fundraised to make this possible.”