A newly designed therapy garden has been launched at Swindon Intermediate Care Centre located next to the Great Western Hospital.
The project was made possible by a £100,000 grant from the Dr T C Wilson Charitable Trust and the garden was officially unveiled recently by its chairman, Sir John Sykes, right.
Click on the video link at the bottom of the story to see the plaque unveiled and interviews with care staff, patients and Anne Snelgrove MP.
Sir John commented, “I think it’s terrific. We wanted to give SwICC the grant because we felt a garden would help patients on the road to recovery, reviving and reminding them of home. It’s been beautifully planned around the space available and I’m glad we spent the money in this way. The staff at SwICC have also been extremely co-operative in helping to achieve this for patients. It’s all about wanting patients to feel at home in a hospital environment.”
Patients at SwICC seemed just as pleased with the outside space. Clarence Stallard, 79, said, “The whole place is beautiful. I grew up in the country so I love being outside and I think the garden is just brilliant. I’ve really enjoyed the BBQ on the opening day as well. The foods lovely and the staff have done a great job.”
Guests at the opening included the Mayor and Mayoress of Swindon Michael and Sue Barnes, Deputy Mayor Steve Wakefield, South Swindon MP Anne Snelgrove, PPI chair Mary Wilson , Eric Walker, Sheila Maslin of the Dr TC Wilson trustees, and lead therapist for SwICC’s Therapy Department, Judith Mclain.
Michelle Howard, Swindon Primary Care Trust chairperson, said, “the opening was a great event. It was very gratifying to finally see the garden being enjoyed by the people it was built for. The space will provide a pleasant atmosphere for patients’ mental and physical rehabilitation, and I’m sure it will prove an excellent addition to SwICC.”
New Garden Opened at Swindon Intermediate Care Centre video clip: