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£25,000 donation sees Royal Preston Hospital staff enjoy new garden area

Posted on - 22nd November, 2021 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Fulwood, Health, Preston News, Sharoe Green
The new garden area at Royal Preston Hospital

A new garden area is helping staff at Royal Preston Hospital’s Critical Care unit relax amid busy shifts.

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The purpose-built garden provides staff members working in the ICU with an area to visit during or after their shifts to chat and unwind from the stressful environment.

The garden was created following support from Lancashire based companies D and G Builders and Joiners Ltd and USP Creations Ltd.

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Karen Hatch, Clinical Business Manager at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, said: “On behalf of the trust, I would like to express our sincere thanks to D and G Builders and Joiners, their supply chain, and Wonderwall for their extraordinary generosity.

“It has helped make this extra special area for our staff working at Royal Preston’s Critical Care Unit a reality. The garden looks fantastic and provides a tranquil and peaceful environment for staff members on the unit to help unwind and relax.

“The feedback from colleagues has been fantastic, and I’m sure this will significantly contribute towards their continued health and wellbeing.”

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The project adds to a significant unit transformation that saw phase four completed in March 2021. It now provides facilities for patients, their relatives and staff.

Chorley-based D and G Builders have donated over £25,000 of labour and materials to the project to help bridge the gap between available trust funds and the finished product.

USP Creations donated its flagship vertical plant kit product, Wonderwall, to add to the relaxing environment.

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Emma Turner, Managing Director at D and G Builders and Joiners Ltd, said: “We are delighted to support LTHTR and especially the CRCU team in providing this unique rest and relaxation area to support staff wellbeing.

“I would also like to thank USP, O’Callaghans, James Mercer Group and Ameon for their support to deliver this project.”

Rick McKeever, Director at USP Creations Ltd, said the proudest part of the project was providing ICU staff with a 360-degree biophilic and wellness garden to help staff rest, recharge and reflect.

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McKeever said: “We wanted to design an oasis, a peaceful space to switch off and immerse in nature if only for a few moments.”

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