New 'Garden of Life' opens at QA Hospital
Date: 30 June 2021
June marked the opening of our ‘Garden of Life’ at QA Hospital. The opening was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony by Trust Chair, Melloney Poole and included speeches from Head of Charity, Kate Sandys and Critical Care Consultant, Richard Clinton.
The garden, which has already proven to be very popular with staff, patients and visitors, provides a therapeutic outside space to take a break, relax and socialise away from a ward environment.
The area includes landscaping, new seating areas and memorial stones that reflect the heritage of the site. There is ample room for wheelchairs and also includes space for a hospital bed, meaning patients who are in hospital for extended periods of time can spend time in the fresh air.
Part of the vision behind the designs was also to recognise the huge difference that organ donation makes and is a quiet place for reflection.
Kate Sandys, Head of Portsmouth Hospitals Charity, said: “We are so proud to have supported this project, the outside space has quickly become an important part of the hospital site. This is a perfect example of where your donations can make a big difference in enhancing patient care, above and beyond NHS funding.”
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