'Games' for spinal patients go ahead despite lockdown

'Games' for spinal patients go ahead despite lockdown

Published by Mike Draper at 5:41pm 22nd May 2020. (Updated at 5:52pm 22nd May 2020)

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The Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre at Salisbury District Hospital staged 'Games in the Garden' for its patients with spinal injuries.

  • The games happened this afternoon (Friday 22 May)
  • The idea of the game is to boost the mental health and wellbeing of the patients
  • It was held in the specially designed 'Horatio's Garden'


Spinal Treatment Centre patients are not currently able to have visitors, to protect them from COVID-19, and the usual external trips enjoyed by so many have been cancelled.

Horatio's Garden is hugely important to the spinal patients, and also the hospital staff.

Patients and staff using Horatio's Garden Salisbury
HAPPY DAYS: Patients and staff using Horatio's Garden, before the Covid-19 lockdown, at Salisbury District Hospital

Dr Sophie Tegg, Clinical Psychologist at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre said:

"The wellbeing and mental health of our patients with Spinal Cord Injury is of vital importance as they undergo treatment for their injuries.  During lockdown, we have worked hard to encourage people to use different ways to maintain and support their wellbeing in the absence of visitors."

"This 'Mental Health Awareness Week', our 'Games in the Garden' afternoon is a fantastic opportunity for patients to enjoy being active and boost their wellbeing at the same time."

A spinal injury patient at the games said:

"You can get dark days and a little bit morose but something like this can really lift the spirits."

Activities that took place throughout this afternoon included:

  • Short mat bowls
  • Basketball  (shooting hoops)
  • Boccia (a Paralympic target sport, similar to bowls)
  • Timed egg and spoon track
  • Table tennis

The centre organised a range of fun and activities today, for patients to enjoy in the safety and tranquillity of the beautiful Horatio's Garden. The garden, which is a safe haven for patients at the Spinal Centre, and the Hospital's own Tennis Courts, provided outdoor space to ensure social distancing was in place.

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