Patients benefit from courtyard makeover

Central courtyards at Craigavon Area Hospital get a make over, (Submitted Picture).
Central courtyards at Craigavon Area Hospital get a make over, (Submitted Picture).

Patients, visitors and staff at Craigavon Area Hospital are set to benefit from revamped central courtyards thanks to hard working Conservation Volunteers.

The courtyards at Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy have been greatly improved thanks to the tremendous efforts of the Conservation Volunteers who recently tackled the areas which had become overgrown with shrubs and trees and were in need of redevelopment. They cut back and cleared space to allow for new planting and seated areas for patients, visitors and staff have also been installed allowing for relaxation, reflection and appreciation of the environment.

Among those who visited the site to see the differences for themselves were Emma McPhillips, Occupational Therapist, from Carrickmore; and Stephanie Lewis, Physiotherapist, from Dungannon.

Peter Douglas, Specialist Estates Officer (Environment) said: “The courtyard areas have been redeveloped for the benefit of our patients, visitors and staff. I would encourage them to relax here and enjoy the improved green spaces at Trust premises. Not only can we improve the area environmentally but we can also influence the health and wellbeing of those who visit.”

Debbie Adams, TCV Regional Director said: “The Conservation Volunteers strongly recognise and promote the use of our outdoor

space for health and well-being benefits.”