At Colchester Hospital, many of our non-clinical staff work in a group of buildings called ‘The Villas’. They are situated near the large staff car park away from the main hospital buildings.

The first floor facilities of ‘Villa 8’ have always been a sociable hub for a short break or to make a cuppa, but they were tired and in desperate need of an uplift.

Undeterred, colleagues sourced a rather smart second-hand kitchen, the Estates team installed it and we were able to assist by funding all the appliances – fridge/freezer, kettle, microwave and dishwasher, from the COVID-19 Staff Wellbeing Appeal. The space has been transformed into mini oasis for staff from the education, library, medical and clinical education teams to enjoy.

Here’s a few of the team enjoying a well-earned brew in the new kitchen!