The sanctuary garden at the A&E department of the Royal Alexandra Hospital is being spruced up thanks to a generous donation from a local garden centre.
Shrubs and plants have been donated by Dobbies Garden Centre, and Dr Duncan Gray, an A&E consultant who created the sanctuary with colleagues, said:
“This is a fantastic donation from Dobbies, and the new plants and shrubs will be appreciated by everyone who uses what we call our chilling out zone.
“We created it around three years ago as a place where staff can go during breaks and relax in the fresh air with a coffee in a garden environment.”
The sanctuary is made up of two aquariums, two ponds with goldfish and frogs, plants and thanks to bird feeders has become very popular with local wildlife.
Keen gardener Dr Gray added: “I am sure it has been very beneficial to staff, many say that it has helped reduce stress levels.”
It has been put together thanks to donations of plants from A&E staff themselves, patients, members of the public and small contributions from the department’s own fund. Money for the fund comes from advertising on advice leaflets. The garden is maintained by staff in their own time, and often with their own materials.
Local Dobbies Garden Centre Shop Supervisor Kathleen Hutton said: “The RAH is an important part of our community and we are delighted to make what is a very appropriate donation for us to show our support for the A&E department and its staff.”
Picture courtesy of Paisley Daily Express.
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.