A new outdoor space at a hospital near Lichfield has been given an official opening.
Local people, patients, community groups, schools and specially invited guests gathered at the George Bryan Centre in Sir Robert Peel Hospital to see the grand opening of The Sanctuary.
Work to create the tranquil area for patients, staff and visitors began in 2009. Lichfield District Council and occupational therapists from the centre led the project, working with volunteers to transform the area.
Amanda Warman-Bennett, occupational therapist at the George Bryan Centre, said:
“I realised that patients needed a quiet space away from the main ward and garden, so they could relax and have somewhere peaceful to take their friends and family when visiting. After gaining permission from Guy Taylor, the ward manager, to use the outside grass area, we worked hard in partnership to transform the area into a sanctuary for service users, staff and visitors to enjoy.”
Barry Diggle, Chairman of Lichfield District Council, added:
“I was honoured to officially open this beautiful outdoor space. It is a wonderful resource for everyone who uses the centre, and a big well done must got to everyone who got involved in the transformation.”