Poole Hospital

Longfleet Rd, Poole, Dorset

Garden makeover for Maternity

Poole Hospital maternity unit’s staff garden has benefited from a make-over from a local supporter.

The garden, which was originally organised as part of the Royal College of Midwives’ ‘Caring for You’ campaign, has undergone a makeover by Dan Smith, a professional Poole based gardener.

The idea to offer a helping hand to improve the garden came after eco-friendly Dan saw the great care his expectant wife received in the maternity unit during Covid-19.

Dan Smith of Beeutiful Gardens

In addition, funding from two grants received by Poole Hospital Charity from NHS Charities Together’s Covid-19 Urgent Appeal, has been used to expand the original garden.

Additional benches will be added to allow staff to enjoy the space with the ability to distance safely.

Ally Sutherland and Elaine Luffman, antenatal clinic maternity support workers, who support the Royal College of Midwives team, water the plants whenever they are on duty.

“I feel it is important that we keep this area maintained for staff as a place for them escape and get some respite during the working day,” said Ally.

“I have always liked flowers so tending to the garden is something that comes naturally to me.”

To add to the design of the garden, staff have painted stones to incorporate a personal touch.

Jillian Ireland, Professional Midwifery Advocate, said: “Having a place to get away from the indoor environment and the added stresses of wearing PPE continually is really important. 

“The garden adds a touch of serenity to break times and is a great example of departments and groups working together on behalf of staff.”

Sara Fripp, fundraising manager, added: “The funding has been used to support the health and well-being of both patients and staff as a direct result of Covid-19. Ultimately the garden helps staff with wellbeing which in turn helps patients’ wellbeing.”

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