This exciting new space was officially opened in early October, by Chair of Kingston Hospital, Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs.

The garden is located on a sloped and wooded patch of land in the northeast corner of the hospital estate surrounding the Wolverton Centre. To make the space more usable and responsive to the needs of staff, a large terrace has been created. The wooded area has been thinned and the access improved with the installation of a path.

The renovations were funded thanks to the generosity of The London Full Gospel Church in Raynes Park, The Friends of Kingston Hospital, The Victoria Foundation and a gift kindly left by Karen Hindle in her will. All were motivated to give as a way of thanking our staff for their dedication and commitment to provide the very best care possible.

Sukhvinder was joined by Kingston Hospital CEO, Jo Farrar, and representatives from The Friends of Kingston Hospital and The Victoria Foundation, as well as Karen’s husband Pete and her brother Steve to celebrate the opening. Colleagues from across the hospital’s Health and Wellbeing Committee were also in attendance.

Nic Kane, Chief Nurse and Chair of Kingston Hospital’s Health and Wellbeing Committee, said:

The wellbeing of our staff is really important to us here at Kingston Hospital. In response to what we have been hearing from colleagues around the value of having more meeting spaces and places to get together and to take their breaks, we are pleased to have been able to officially open this relaxing and accessible outdoor space. Thank you to Kingston Hospital Charity and to those who have so generously contributed to the project, for making this wonderful new garden possible.

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