Summer comes to Acorn Ward with launch of new garden

21 Jul 2016

The new garden for children staying on Acorn Ward at Whipps Cross Hospital was officially opened with two patients cutting the ribbon.

A young patient with her mum in the new garden A patient enjoying the new garden Patients cutting the ribbon to officially open the new garden The bug hotel in the new garden New mirrors in the garden

At the launch, patients and their families and hospital staff were invited to explore the garden and have cakes baked by the children.

Funded with your support, the £25,379 redeveloped garden features sensory equipment, carefully selected planting and even a bug hotel!

Having an outdoor area to visit in a hospital provides welcome fresh air and a chance for children – and their families – to have a change of scenery from the ward.

Families have said how helpful it is to their child’s recovery as it provides distraction from any pain or worries and allows children to be children.

Ghislaine Stephenson is the Associate Director of Nursing for Children at Whipps Cross and the lead on this project. She said: “The new garden is a fantastic addition for both patients and hospital staff.

“It will be a great resource for the teachers in the schoolroom and for patients and their families it will mean a much more welcoming, friendly and fun area to explore as a break from the ward.

“Our thanks go to Barts Charity and their supporters for their help in funding this project – it will make such a big difference to our patients.”

The garden will also be a great help educationally. Each year, the schoolroom teachers on Acorn Ward plant and tend vegetables with the children.

The new garden includes additional educational facilities such as a music-making area as well as light and sound arches to make the area more user-friendly for children with special educational needs.

All structures have been designed to be explored by inquisitive hands, as well as being safe and gentle for children, especially those who are unsteady on their feet.

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