New garden for patients at Colliers Wood Dialysis Centre

November 18 2017
Patients, friends and staff created a new garden with funds from St George's Kidney Patients Association (SGKPA) this summer. The project conceived by patient and committee member, Cathy Brown was developed over a few weeks to provide a place of rest for staff and patients before and after their dialysis sessions, typically while waiting for transport.

A combination of wooden benches and plants paid for by the SGKPA charity, and hard work by a team over a summer weeked resulted in a transformation of a rough area of grass next to the dialysis centre into a garden to relax in.

The team consisted of staff, patients and friends and family of Cathy Brown.

Talking about the project, Cathy said:

Having been a patient at Colliers Wood for more than 2 years, I have been involved in many conversations in the waiting room. A regular topic was always about how long patients feel dialysis days seem, and how on a nice sunny day they would much rather be enjoying the weather.

At the front of the building, there is quite a large grassy area, which looked the perfect size to create a lovely, tranquil place for patients and staff to enjoy.

Putting my proposal to the St Georges Kidney Patients Association, I found that they fully backed this idea, and kindly agreed to fund the project.

With a team of volunteers, the Colliers Wood garden was developed.

We love the colourful, calming sensory garden, that we share with the robins and other wildlife.

The patients now have a rota to help maintain and water the garden.

We feel very lucky to have this beautiful space to cheer us up during our dialysis days.

Well done team! We look forward to seeing how the garden thrives over time.




For more about Colliers Wood Dialysis Unit visit here.

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