New paediatric garden opened by CBBC star

On Thursday 22 September, patients, families, and staff at Kingston Hospital were joined by special guest Kimberly Wyatt, star of CBBC series Almost Never and ITV’s Dancing on Ice, to celebrate the official opening of our new renovated paediatric garden.

Recognising that the old space no longer met the needs of its users, the garden has been transformed to create a space that is inclusive for all the young patients receiving treatment at Kingston Hospital, while being accessible throughout the day and during the evening. The aim has been to create a private, safe and stimulating environment which not only promotes health and wellbeing but also offers a calming escape from the hospital environment for long term and returning patients.

Kimberly Wyatt joined Kingston Hospital’s Chief Nurse, Nichola Kane, to cut the ribbon and to officially declare the garden open.

Julie Morris, Play Specialist on Kingston Hospital’s paediatric ward, said:

The newly renovated garden will make a real difference to the children, young people and families who come to Sunshine Ward. It has given us a fantastic new space for play and relaxation. Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this project possible – we are so grateful for your support.

The renovation of this garden was made possible with charitable funding and we would particularly like to acknowledge the generous support of The Friends of Kingston Hospital, the Tom & Sheila Springer Charity and Optima Medical Ltd.