Newham University Hospital opens garden for dementia patients

PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 May 2017

The opening of the new garden at Newham University Hospital

The opening of the new garden at Newham University Hospital

Heidi Mulhall

Newham University Hospital has opened a new garden space for patients and families, particularly for those living with dementia.

The garden, which was launched during National Dementia Awareness Week, contains scented and brightly coloured flowers and moving ornaments.

The garden is designed not only to offer a change of scenery but also to stimulate the senses and aid relaxation.

Staff hope that this garden will allow patients to take a break from the hospital environment.

This should help keep people with dementia or severe confusion calm.

In return, the hope is that they will be able to respond to treatment better.

The garden was paid for by fundraising events organised by the hospital’s dementia and delirium team.

“We particularly hope it will support people living with dementia as part of our commitment to providing them with the best possible hospital experience,” Heidi Peakman, director of nursing, said.

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