Hospital gardening project to boost patients' moods

PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 May 2017

The new potting club at Weston General Hospital.

The new potting club at Weston General Hospital.

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Green-fingered patients at Weston General Hospital now have the chance to take part in a potting club, which aims to combat loneliness.

Staff on the hospital’s Uphill Ward are making patients’ days brighter through the new group.

The hospital’s therapy team lead, Sophie Wright, said: “Therapeutic gardening provides social benefits and encourages better physical health and recovery.

“It’s a simple, low-cost idea, but it’s helped people to get to know each other and have something to focus on.”

The club meets once a fortnight and is helping people who face long stays in hospital to meet new friends.

Roz Wait, aged 70, has taken part in the sessions. She said: “I’ve been in hospital for four weeks and the time spent with the potting club has made me feel more like myself.

“It reminds me of being out in the garden during the springtime and instantly improves my mood.”

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