A green oasis has been opened to patients on West Newton ward at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
With a backdrop of Norfolk’s iconic rural scenery, comfortable garden furniture and a comprehensive planting scheme, the new garden offers a tranquil extension to the ward’s day room.
The completion of the outside space marks the end of the final phase of a programme to refurbish the ward.
It was made possible thanks to the generosity of several local businesses who joined staff and patients to witness the ribbon being cut to mark the official opening.
Dorothy Hosein, chief executive, said: “This is a wonderful space where patients can come and relax in a tranquil atmosphere.
“At the Queen Elizabeth Hospital our focus is ensuring excellence in every aspect of patient care and this includes the buildings and facilities.
“This garden, and indeed West Newton ward, showcase just what we are proposing to achieve during our comprehensive refurbishment plan which will be taking place over the coming months and years.”
West Newton ward is the first ward to be given a makeover as part of the Trust’s comprehensive refurbishment plans. It offers an improved environment for the care of older patients and includes an abundance of dementia-friendly features to ensure patients feel more at ease, remain independent and have a reduced time in hospital.
While the landscaping for the garden was paid for out of the trust’s refurbishment budget, all of the additional features were donated by local businesses.
Fakenham Garden Centre gave three premium garden benches.
Dobbies donated £60 and a further 25 per cent of additional purchases came through its Here We Grow community support scheme.
And Walker Construction Services gave a garden dining table with chairs.
Victoria Emden, of Dobbies, said: “When approached to support the West Newton ward I knew how much our donation of plants would brighten the patients stay at the hospital.
“It’s been a fantastic project for us to help with and I’m looking forward to seeing how it looks as the seasons change.”