New therapy and tranquil gardens launched at Salisbury District Hospital

New therapy and tranquil gardens launched at Salisbury District Hospital

Published by Spire FM News at 6:14am 16th May 2019.

A special event's been held by the Stars Appeal to launch two new gardens at our hospital.

Both areas, located next two each other on Level 2 of the main hospital building, have been given a make-over and are now open to patients and staff, although they won't be completely finished until the summer.

One of the gardens will be used to provide therapy to older and stroke patients - this one will be known as 'The Stars Appeal Therapy Garden'.

The other will be a tranquil space for relatives as well as patients - and this one will be known as 'Rod's Place', in tribute to Rod Lennox-Gordon, a nurse on Farley Stroke Unit who died last year.

Stars Appeal Garden Therapy Garden
Stars Appeal garden launch (photo courtesy of Spencer Mullholland)

The idea for the gardens came from the Hospital's Lead End of Life Care Nurse Hannah McClean, who is playing a leading role in the project and raising the £16,000 required to fund the gardens along with the ongoing funds needed to maintain them.

Hannah said:

"There is a growing need for families of extremely sick patients to have an area away from the bedside that can be used as a space to sit quietly and reflect. 

Just as important is the need for staff to have supportive areas to take time out away from their work environment and the pressures of their work.

The new gardens will provide all of this along with a specially designed and safe space where the Hospital's therapy teams can work with patients undergoing physical rehabilitation as well as those living with dementia."


Stars Appeal Garden  launch
Stars Appeal garden launch with Sue Biddle, Sandy Woodbridge, Tommy Whitelaw, Sister Hannah McClean


The gardens are being created by adapting land on Level 2 of the hospital, close to the Farley Stroke Unit, Spire Ward and the current Springs Entrance.

Rod's Place will be accessible to all patients, families, staff and visitors and will be led by the hospital's End of Life Care Team.

Accessible to beds and wheelchairs, this garden will be a quiet area for reflection and contemplation.

It will enable even the most unwell patients to have the opportunity to go outside to a quiet and appropriate environment.

The Stars Appeal Therapy Garden will provide therapy and rehabilitation led by therapists and nurses specialising in stroke and dementia care.

The garden will be specifically designed with level flooring and wheelchair access to be safe and secure and to promote mobility and activity.

Lord Pembroke, President of the Stars Appeal said:

"We are delighted to be working with the Hospital's End of Life Care team to create these beautiful gardens that will provide peaceful, therapeutic spaces in the heart of our Hospital for thousands of local people in times of need.

This is just one of the many life changing projects we are looking to fund this year and I would like to thank everyone who supports the charity for making important new facilities, like these inspiring gardens, possible." 


The Stars Appeal is aiming to raise £1million this year to fund projects, including these gardens, which offer direct, practical support to patients and their families, over and above what the NHS provides.

These include cancer support, help for older and dementia patients, a child friendly children's ward and parents accommodation, improving the experience for end of life patients and their loved ones, Hospital Chaplains, free Wi-Fi and advanced equipment in key areas such as cancer surgery, cardiac care and the Neonatal Unit as well as enhancing the patient environment across the Hospital.

Their website has all the information.

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