New Staff Contemplation Gardens Unveiled at UHNM

RSUH Opening
Staff at Staffordshire’s two largest hospitals have been given areas to escape the daily challenges of life thanks to charity funding.
County Opening
Staff contemplation gardens have been opened at both the Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital in Stafford thanks to UHNM Charity donors and fundraisers who raised money for its Staff Wellbeing Appeal.
The courtyard gardens will provide University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) staff with a tranquil place of relaxation and reflection.  

Tracy Bullock, UHNM Chief Executive said: “Our beautiful new contemplation gardens will give our hardworking staff with an environment for quiet thought, meditation or prayer, and is another example of how staff wellbeing is at the heart of UHNM. The gardens each feature a unique rainbow sculpture, the symbol of the NHS during the COVID-19, and therefore provides additional meaning for staff who can use the area to remember colleagues and patients lost and reflect on personal experiences during the pandemic.”

The gardens also include a bespoke memory tree, a metal sculpture which will be decorated with ornate leaves engraved with the names of staff who have passed away, acting as a meaningful way to pay tribute to the memory of colleagues.

Jessie Dickson, Acting Director of Charity, said: “UHNM Charity has seen an overwhelming response to its COVID-19 Staff Wellbeing Appeal, which saw hundreds of local people raise funds for the benefit of our staff. We rely on the generosity and efforts of our supporters to enable us to carry out projects like this, so thank you to everybody involved.”