To create a beautiful Horatio's Garden, Scotland at the Queen Elizabeth Spinal Injuries Unit for patients their friends and family, out-patients and staff from all over Scotland. The garden will become the heart of the spinal unit and transform the space for patients who spend months in hospital.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 4 December 2015 to 5:00 PM, 14 December 2015
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1151475)
The average length of stay for patients is 5 months and patients are often a long way from home. The spinal unit is in the centre of a large hospital site and bounded by a very busy road. There is little beauty or nature for patients to enjoy and little privacy. What outside space there is, is under utilised and devoid of planting or design. Studies show that having access and looking at a garden is beneficial in many ways for patients - improving mood and decreasing length of stay.
The project will create a stunning courtyard garden in the heart of the spinal unit giving an oasis of calm for patients. Patients will be able to go in the fully accessible space in their hospital beds and wheelchairs to experience the escapism that a garden provides. Being outside can be life affirming and provide hope at a time of devastation.The charity's head gardener and volunteer team who will also become a welcoming support group for patients using the garden.
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