13 January 2016
Nature calls at Callington
therapy team at Callington Road hospital have devised a nature
trail around the grounds, to help patients and staff make the most
of their surroundings.
The hospital was built next to a local nature reserve, and the
site was designed to encourage and attract wildlife. Including an
inquisitive red robin that has made a home on the trail.
The trail highlights some of the site's best features, including
vibrant flowerbeds, a calming water feature, a well-stocked veggie
patch and a gnarled old walnut tree.
Occupational Therapy Technician Nicola Ramsden said that one of
the aims of the trail is to make something available to patients
who do not have leave to go on the weekly walk through the larger,
off-site part of Callington nature reserve.
"Our trail encourages you to explore, use your senses, relax,
and use mindfulness techniques," said Nicola.
A service user who took the walk with us said that just being
outside and walking helped lift her mood, and that she would
recommend it to anyone. She also suggested walking the route with
someone else the first time you do it.
Each of the wards will have trail routes available and staff are
encouraged to explore as much as patients. Nicola suggested that
staff might like to do the walk - or part of it - at lunchtime, or
on a coffee break. "Why not take a book and relax on one of the
benches," she said.
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