County Hospital Chemotherapy Garden Officially Opened to Patients


Patients, volunteers and fundraisers joined staff at County Hospital in Stafford to celebrate the official opening of a new chemotherapy garden.

The courtyard garden, funded by the UHNM Charity County Hospital Appeal, has been specially designed as a soothing and relaxing sanctuary from the hospital environment for cancer patients and their families.

The garden was officially opened by UHNM Chief Executive Tracy Bullock. 

CGopening2Speaking after the opening ceremony, Mrs Bullock said: “This new garden will make such a difference to those receiving cancer treatments here in Stafford and is another example of the improvements we are making to further improve the patient experience at County Hospital.”

“Receiving treatment for cancer can be an incredibly difficult experience, but this garden will provide our patients and their families with the opportunity to spend time in a peaceful and tranquil environment, away from their normal clinical setting, improving their mental health and wellbeing.”  

As well as providing space for quiet reflection, the garden will also be used as an area where patients and relatives can enjoy mealtime breaks.

Kerry Pearson, Senior Sister on the Chemotherapy Unit at County Hospital said: “Patients with cancer can spend several hours at a time sat in hospital receiving treatments like chemotherapy, so it’s vital they do so in the best possible environment. Having the garden will also ensure that even if people are not able to sit outside for any particular reason, they will still be able to enjoy the view from all windows.”

Kerry added: “Staff on the ward would like to say a big thank you to everybody who has fundraised or donated towards the County Hospital Appeal, their generosity will make a big difference to our patients.”

The County Hospital Fundraising Appeal was led by UHNM Charity, which provides funds to enable University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust to purchase state-of-the-art medical equipment and to enhance and improve patient experience and comfort at both County Hospital in Stafford and the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Steve Rushton, UHNM Charity Manager said: “Our fundraising appeal was launched in August 2017 to make County Hospital the best that it can be for our patients. We had an overwhelming response, which included staff running marathons, local businesses holding fundraising events, and gifts left in wills. We rely on the generosity of our supporters to enable us to carry out projects like this, so thank you again to everybody involved.”

The garden follows the Outpatients Department and Orthopaedics as areas of County Hospital which have benefitted from UHNM Charity-funded improvement.    

If you would like to fundraise for UHNM Charity visit for more information, or call 01782 676444 to speak to one of the UHNM Charity team.