We aim to restore the courtyard to its original purpose which was to provide a tranquil and beautiful space for patients and visitors to enjoy. Being able to sit outside in the fresh air will be of great benefit to patients physical and mental wellbeing as well as providing a lovely setting for family and friends who visit. Many patients on MacDonald Ward are frail and elderly, and some are cognitively impaired so the courtyard will be sympathetically designed to met their needs as best we can.
We are delighted that Elaine Wigg, a professional garden designer, and member of the Royal Horticultural Society has offered to design the garden. We can also count on volunteers to help us with planting and maintenance.
The new design includes a network of paths for strolling two abreast with safe surfaces and to be wheelchair friendly. Handrails will be added where needed.
The garden will include a step, in a safe space, as many patients have an external step to access their property and this can be hard for staff to mimic in the wards in order to assess their patients safety once they leave hospital. A range of seating for patients and visitors, plus somewhere staff can take their break in the fresh air. Raised beds to allow patients to see and smell plants and be able to touch them.