Finishing touches made to new staff gardens

A project to create two charity-funded garden areas where Solent NHS staff can take a well-earned breather is nearly complete.

Landscapers are busy putting the finishing touches to two new open spaces at the Western Community Hospital in Southampton and St Mary’s Community Health Campus in Portsmouth.

Funded by NHS Charities Together, the exciting transformations are thanks in part to money raised by former British Army officer Captain Sir Tom Moore in tribute to the NHS staff in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The gardens will provide quiet outdoor areas for health staff where they can eat their lunch, have a coffee break or just take some time out of their busy day.

David Noyes, Chief Operating Officer at Solent NHS Trust, said: “We are extremely grateful to receive this funding and be able to create these important and enduring facilities, thanks to the late Captain Sir Tom and NHS Charities Together.

“The gardens will offer an oasis of tranquillity for our fantastic, highly dedicated and hard-working staff, who I know will look forward to seeing them completed and putting them into use.

“Shifts can be hectic across our busy wards and departments, so these gardens will give colleagues somewhere calm and pleasant to go for some much-needed time out when they need a break.”

Mr Noyes earlier “broke ground” at the Southampton site to formally mark work starting on both garden schemes.

Both projects are being carried out by Eastleigh based Scandor Landscape Contractors Ltd on behalf of Solent NHS Trust.

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