Around 100 patients, staff and carers joined The Earl of Pembroke in the early autumn sunshine when he officially opened the new Pembroke Unit Garden at Salisbury District Hospital on Saturday, September 13.
Patients who have had a stroke or need cancer treatment now have a quiet area to relax and gather their thoughts following the completion of the beautifully designed and landscaped courtyard garden in between Farley Stroke Unit and the Oncology Outpatient Clinic.
The Pembroke Unit Garden, which cost £44,000 and was made possible through charitable donations to the Stars Appeal’s ward funds, features two circular patios that can be approached by a smooth wheelchair- friendly pathway. It has a low wooden bridge crossing a “bog garden”, and is surrounded by carefully selected shrubs and flowers that have created a natural wildlife habitat that patients can enjoy.
Tamara Everington, Consultant Haematologist said: “We would like to thank the Earl of Pembroke for his continued support of the Stars Appeal and for opening our new garden. We would also like to thank our patients, staff and carers who made this such an enjoyable occasion on what was a beautiful, warm early autumn day.”
“We are enormously grateful to local people who support the Stars Appeal’s Pembroke Unit and Stroke Care funds, whose donations have funded the creation of the garden. We are also grateful to Sister Carolyn Sawyer who led the redevelopment project and to Tina Crossley and the team of volunteers from Horatio’s Garden who helped with the design and planting.”
“We see over 5,000 people a year in our oncology clinic and over 400 people a year are admitted to Farley Stroke Unit. This wonderful new garden will help provide a tranquil and relaxing area for both stroke patients and those who need to come in to be treated for cancer and other haematological disorders.”
For further information please contact:
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
Tel: 01722 425170