Officially opening the Therapeutic Garden at Whitchurch Hospital

Jun 15, 2015

A brand new Therapeutic Garden for patients, visitors and staff has been officially opened at Whitchurch Community Hospital.

This is the culmination of a project to transform an unattractive and inaccessible piece of land at the hospital into an attractive area specifically designed to help people with their rehabilitation, while also providing a place for visitors and staff to relax.

The project was made possible thanks to a fundraising campaign launched by Councillor Peggy Mullock during her time at town Mayor, and received lots of support from the community. Councillor Mullock was joined by patients, guests and staff at the hospital on Friday (12 June) to officially open the new garden.

It was a huge landscaping effort that included putting in new paths with varied surfaces, which is important for rehabilitation, focal points of interest, an area for outdoor exercise and leisure activity, and carefully planned sensory planting for relaxation, privacy and mental stimulation.

Andrew Thomas, Clinical Services Manager at Whitchurch Hospital, said: “This was a big landscaping project to create an area that will really benefit our patients, as well as providing an attractive open space at the hospital. We are really pleased with the way the garden looks and grateful for all of the support we have received from the community and from the Friends of Whitchurch Hospital.”

To get the design right we have taken into account the views of dementia care environment guidelines, local charities, nursing staff, occupational therapists, and physiotherapists, as well as architectural and estates advice. The garden can be accessed by both wheelchair users and patients in beds.
For further information, please contact:
Andy Rogers
Tel: 01743 277658
Email: andy.rogers@shropcom.nhs.uk