The sanctuary garden at the A&E department of the Royal Alexandra Hospital is being spruced up by staff and this year the competition is serious with a prize for the best tub!
Dr Duncan Gray, an A&E consultant who created the sanctuary with colleagues, said:
“Staff have volunteered to take on tubs and fill them with plants to brighten up the garden we call our chilling out zone.
“We created it around four years ago as a place where staff can go during breaks and relax in the fresh air with a coffee in a garden environment.”
And one of the first to begin planting is A&E staff nurse Angela Borland with the help of daughter Niamh (2) from Renfrew.
Angela has worked in the department for nearly five years and is a garden “regular”, she said:
“It’s great to get out into the garden, especially if it’s a nice day, and just enjoy the fresh air. There’s definitely an air of calmness about it.”
The sanctuary is made up of two aquariums, two ponds with goldfish and frogs, plants and thanks to bird feeders has become very popular with local wildlife.
Keen gardener Dr Gray added: “I am sure it has been very beneficial to staff, many say that it has helped reduce stress levels.”
It was originally created thanks to donations of plants from A&E staff themselves, patients, members of the public and small contributions from the department’s own fund.
Money for the fund comes from advertising on advice leaflets. The garden is maintained by staff in their own time, and often with their own materials.
Anyone who would like to donate plants should contact Dr Gray at the RAH.
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