Colchester Hospital is working hard to improve the hospital environment for people who are nearing the end of their lives.
Based on research by The King’s Fund, the hospital’s Palliative Care Team has developed a special garden for patients who are in their last weeks and days, and their families. It is a place for quiet contemplation, peaceful reflection and privacy for terminally ill patients to spend time, either on their own or with their loved ones.
Palliative care cannot cure illnesses such as cancer but it aims to ease symptoms, including pain, breathlessness, tiredness and sickness, and helps patients to feel better both physically and emotionally.
The Time Garden is part of the supportive care we provide patients and their families at this difficult time.
Our Time Garden is built and designed around the specific needs of terminally ill patients, the space enables even bed-bound patients to move easily to the garden from their ward, and with the use of planting, provide much-needed privacy. There is a glass-fronted pavilion to give shelter, as well as facilities for refreshments and music.
The Time Garden is open all-year round for patients who are approaching the end of their life. Research shows that green space and gardens in hospitals can benefit patients’ health and well-being, and can even improve the health of some patients. The Time Garden will be an idyllic place for patients to spend precious moments with their families.
The Time Garden will cost about £160,000. A fundraising appeal is close to meeting this target but there is still £20,000 to go.
There are many ways to support the Time Garden in this final stage of the fundraising including organising or taking part in an event or making a donation. Why not send your Christmas greetings and give a donation instead of sending Christmas cards this year. Or you might like to contribute to the garden by buying a flower or two.
For further information or to support the Time Garden, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
If the fundraising target is not reached or is exceeded funds raised to date will be used to improve facilities and services for palliative care patients at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust in line with the aims and ambitions of the fundraising appeal. Should you have any concerns please contact the fundraising office.