Patients and Staff Celebrate the Opening of New Gardens at Kelling Hospital

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Staff and patients at Kelling Hospital in north Norfolk have celebrated the opening of the hospital’s new gardens, which will provide rehabilitation and a peaceful haven for patients and their families.

The Pineheath Ward Gardens at the hospital near Holt, run by Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C), draw inspiration from the much-loved local environment. They have been planted with trees, shrubs, and perennials to provide year-round interest from bark, stems, flowers and leaves.

The Front Garden has been designed to promote rehabilitation; linking two locally-themed areas, a seaside garden and a railway waiting room, and featuring gravel and astro-turfed paths, steps, ramps and gates. These will allow physiotherapists and nurses to work with patients adapting to new life circumstances, and building their confidence and capability so that they are able to return home as soon as possible.

The Rear Garden is secluded and sheltered, providing a green space close to the hospital ward, where patients and families can spend time away from the clinical environment.

Louise Hunt, Ward Manager at Pineheath Ward said: “Since having the gardens completed at Kelling Hospital, it has allowed a number of patients to enjoy the different senses and smells of outdoor living.

“Relatives now have the facility to take their loved ones outside and walk around the gardens; this in turn has helped to add value to their rehabilitation. This all results in a positive effect on patients’ health and wellbeing.”

Roisin Fallon-Williams, NCH&C’s Chief Executive, and Geraldine Broderick, Chair, both helped to officially open the new gardens on Wednesday 14th June.

The creation of the gardens was made possible by a £90,000 grant from the Kelling Hospital Appeal to the NCH&C Charitable Fund and is another highly-valued example of the remarkable commitment made by the Hospital Appeal to Kelling Hospital over many years.

David Young, Chairman of the Appeal, said: “In addition to the use of various surfaces and levels that contribute to occupational therapy, the healing benefits of pleasant and peaceful surroundings should not be underestimated. Such benefits hark back to the original purpose of the Hospital, as a TB sanatorium.”

In creating the gardens, the NCH&C Charitable Fund worked over 18 months with North Norfolk garden designer Jackie Finch. The groundworks and structures were built by Ben Catt Landscapes.

The hospital's 24-bed ward enables patients to receive professional care from nurses, therapists and support staff. In addition, a range of clinics mean patients are able to access the care they need at a location which is convenient for them.

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