Chemotherapy Garden gives County staff and patients break from clinical setting
Cancer patients, relatives and staff looking to take a break from the busy clinical setting of County hospital’s Chemotherapy Unit are able to enjoy a courtyard garden thanks to the generosity of local fundraisers and donors.
The garden, funded by UHNM Charity has been specially designed as a soothing and relaxing sanctuary from the hospital environment for cancer patients and their families.
As well as providing space for quiet reflection, the garden will also be used as an area where patients and relatives can enjoy mealtime breaks.
Kerry Pearson, Senior Sister on the Chemotherapy Unit at County Hospital said: “Patients with cancer can spend several hours at a time sat in hospital receiving treatments like chemotherapy, so it’s vital they do so in the best possible environment. Having the garden will also ensure that even if people are not able to sit outside for any particular reason, they will still be able to enjoy the view from all windows.”
Kerry added: “Staff on the ward would like to say a big thank you to everybody who has fundraised or donated towards the County Hospital Appeal, their generosity will make a big difference to our patients.”
The garden was officially opened by UHNM Chief Executive Tracy Bullock along with fundraisers and local donors.
Tracy said: “This new garden will make such a difference to those receiving cancer treatments here in Stafford and is another example of the improvements we are making to further improve the patient experience at County Hospital.”
“Receiving treatment for cancer can be an incredibly difficult experience, but this garden will provide our patients and their families with the opportunity to spend time in a peaceful and tranquil environment, away from their normal clinical setting, improving their mental health and wellbeing.”