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Therapy garden helps patient recovery

Leamington Editorial 20th Mar, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A THERAPY garden at Leamington Spa Hospital’s is helping patients on the path to recovery.

A gazebo is the latest feature to be added to the garden which is used for a range of activities to help patients – including taking part in weekly gardening groups.

SWFT governor and volunteer David Gee was a major driving force behind the garden after his wife was treated at the Heathcote Lane hospital.

He said: “When my wife suffered her stroke she was left totally paralysed down one side. After five months in the hospital, the staff enabled her to walk and even manage stairs with the aid of a handrail.

“However when she was discharged she struggled going out as she could not cope with uneven pavements, difficult surfaces and kerbs.

“The aim of this new project is to allow patients who are ready for home to become used to walking in the real world.”

The garden, which includes a gravel path, a path with a textured surface, sloping paving and a raised area to simulate kerbs, is designed to help patients regain their confidence and stability.

Jayne Blacklay, SWFT director of development said: “Our therapy garden is not only a relaxing space where people can get away from it all but also the different elements really help with patients’ rehabilitation.

“The garden and gazebo have been made possible by generous donations from local businesses and charities including Warwick Lions and I would like to thank everyone – as well as our dedicated staff and volunteers – for their hard work creating and improving the area.”

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