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Grand Opening of the Le Marchant Ward Therapy Garden

The therapy garden in the quadrangle area outside Le Marchant ward is opening following a complete transformation on Wednesday 26th July 1-2pm.

The garden has been redesigned with the money secured from the Insurance Corporation 2016 Healthcare Bursary award following a successful proposal and presentation by Francesca McLuskey and Michelle Green of Guernsey Therapy Group.

The wheelchair accessible raised plantar beds were designed and produced by Mike Marshall from the charity “Only Fools and Donkeys” who have supported the project with additional funds to ensure that the materials used will stand the test of time.

Additionally, the garden has been transformed by Floral Guernsey who planted wildflower beds in the spring to provide colour and enjoyment for patients and their families.

A glasshouse has also been funded by a generous donation from Guernsey Therapy Group which will complete the garden and protect the younger plants and provide storage.

The Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy teams working with stroke and head injured patients have been making preparations to set up a weekly gardening group which will start in August for neurologically impaired patients on Le Marchant ward.

The aim of the group is to grow, nurture and prune a mixture of flowering plants and vegetables for use in therapy which will promote recovery in individuals who face a long hospital stay.

The group offers an additional therapy session for patients in which the arm could become a focus. Gardening tasks can also focus on regaining balance, sensation, and the benefits of working in a group include developing strategies and peer support mechanisms.

The garden will be opened by a current inpatient on Le Marchant ward in the presence of the neuro-rehabilitation therapy and nursing teams and with stroke and head injury survivors who attend Headway following their stay in Le Marchant ward.

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