13 January 2016

Nature calls at Callington

Callington nature trailThe occupational 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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