Derriford Hospital is the home of a new ‘breathing space garden’. Over the last few months, the garden behind the Post Graduate Medical Centre has undergone an impressive makeover.
Using the generous donations from local supporters during the pandemic, Plymouth Hospitals Charity funded the build of the new serene space. The main focus of the garden is to give colleagues a place to reflect, refresh and de-stress enabling them to deliver the best patient care possible.
The breathing space garden is situated behind the Derriford Centre for Health and Wellbeing for employees to be able to meet outdoors. As well as an area to shelter from the weather, there is also a large sustainable eating area where colleagues can sit near the nature reserve, be social and have some time out when work is hard.
Kerry Dungay, postgraduate centre manager, shares how Covid-19 limitations affected the role of the centre in terms of colleague’s health and wellbeing and how strongly the loss of social spaces was felt by the learners who frequent the centre. This private breathing space, away from the hospital, allows you to go back to your role and be a better clinician, a better administrator, a better member of hotel services, a better colleague.
“I’m really proud of this garden. It has developed into everything I hoped when first dreaming up the concept and plans for this space to just pause.”
Corinne Bailey, charity manager, added: “The Breathing Space Garden is for colleagues to visit to get away from their working environments. The idea of a dedicated place for colleagues to be able to take a real break was born from the pandemic and the truly generous donations we have received from our community.
“We are really proud of the garden and the difference this will make to colleagues for many years to come. We are hugely grateful to all of you who donated to the charity to make this happen.”
Click here to watch the opening of the garden.
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