Thurrock MP opens dementia garden

THURROCK Jackie Doyle-Price MP cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the community dementia friendly garden at Thurrock Community Hospital.

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Patients with dementia and their carers both at Thurrock Community Hospital and in the local community will benefit from the new garden facility which has been created especially for them within the hospital grounds.

The garden will be open to the general public and incorporates circular paths with safety surfaces and seating areas all surrounded by secure fencing. Flowers and shrubs have been planted to attract wildlife, and for the green fingered there is a gardening project area.

The garden also includes a bandstand where entertainment can be staged for everyone to enjoy and the Four Seasons Cabin which can be used for meetings and refreshments.

Dee Susans, Ward Manager, said, “_The aim is to provide a stimulating, interesting and secure garden so that anyone in the area can bring a relative or friend suffering from dementia to enjoy the garden and know that they will be completely safe”. _

The project has only been made possible through £100,000 of funding from the Kings Fund under The Healing Environment initiative along with £120,000 of funding from Veolia North Thames Trust whose Chairman, Doug Benjafield, said: “_This is an important initiative that will enable Thurrock Community Hospital to increase the range of vital services and enhance the excellent standards of care it already provides to dementia sufferers and their carers throughout the Borough. I should like to acknowledge the work and vision of the Hospital’s project team and look forward to seeing the benefit that this garden facility will bring to a large number of people”.

Thurrock Community Hospital provides residential care for around 50 dementia patients and a large number of day patients.

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