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Staff leading fundraiser to create ‘secret garden’ for patients on ICU

Published 11/01/2018
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A team of determined staff at the Royal Derby Hospital are devoting themselves to fundraising for a scheme to help some of the most poorly patients in the hospital. 

Staff on the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) are raising money to refurbish a courtyard linked to the ward, where patients who are unable to leave their beds would be able to spend time outside and get some fresh air. 

The team needs to find £6,000 to make the area safe and suitable for patients, and they are now working in earnest to raise this, with the launch of the Let’s Go Outside fundraising project. 

Helen Herring, Sister on the unit, said: “The patients we see on ICU are often critically unwell, and that means they can be with us for a very long time. Many of them may not see the sky or feel fresh air for weeks or even months, especially if they are bed-bound. We want to create a ‘secret garden’ out of the courtyard behind the unit so patients could go out with a member of staff, safe in the knowledge that they can be quickly brought back inside if they need medical attention.”

Ramps and call buttons are among the things which must be installed before the garden is open for use. The work will cost £6,000 in total. 

The team has so far raised nearly £3,000 for the project by holding cake sales and other events, with Sister Caroline Swan also running Derby Hospitals Charity’s Colour Run in September to support the fundraising efforts. 

Last Modified 11/01/2018