Works begin to create a dementia friendly garden at East Surrey Hospital

SASH Charity is delighted to announce that landscaping work has begun to create a new dementia friendly garden, Camomile Courtyard at East Surrey Hospital, run by Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

Patients living with dementia may be treated at East Surrey Hospital if they are acutely unwell and many come through the emergency department. For these patients, being in hospital can be an overwhelming experience and some patients can become restless and frustrated. Camomile Courtyard will be a purpose built garden area for patients living with dementia, who can spend time in a calm, alternative space to the hospital wards in a safe outdoor environment.

Thanks to funds raised from the local community including; church groups, rotary, companies, individuals and local colleges, the project has received just under £22K of donations. Lawsons of Redhill, Mitchells of Horley and Squires Garden Centres, Reigate have also offered their support with gardening products.

SASH Charity needs an additional £38K to complete the garden, which will be a stimulating destination for patients providing sounds and colours of nature along with areas for reminiscence to help evoke memories and conversation. If you are interested in finding out more about the project and how you can help please get in contact Emily Brown, fundraising manager by email at: sash.charity@nhs.net or 01737 768511 x1295.

Chris O’Connor, consultant Admiral nurse for dementia at East Surrey Hospital, said:

“Our plan is to open the garden on Monday 24 September which follows, World Alzheimer’s Day on 21 September, ready to be used by patients, their families and the nurses and therapists caring for them.

We would love to hear from local people and businesses who can help us reach our target and donate in any way they can towards such a fantastic project.”

If you would like to make an online donation to the Camomile Courtyard please click here.