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Devon Garden officially opened for patients with dementia

Devon GardenThe official opening of the Devon Garden took place on Friday 5th September. The event saw Chief Executive Angela Pedder cut the ribbon and declare the therapeutic garden open for dementia patients and their relatives to enjoy.

The event was attended by RD&E staff and patients, the project design team, researchers from the University of Exeter, and representatives from local charities and Devon County Council. After a listening to a speech from Angela Pedder and a rededication of a tree in the garden by Simon Harrison, guests were able to take a look around the garden and explore its innovative features whilst enjoying an afternoon tea.

Designed by local gardener and TV presenter, Toby Buckland, the garden provides a space where patients can relax whilst enabling clinical staff to undertake mobility and cognitive assessments. It contains many innovative features to prompt discussion and recollection, including the ‘stories telephone box’, a cabinet of scent and a sound system playing music evocative of patient’s young adult years.

The garden is one of 116 projects to have been awarded £141,000 funding from the Department of Health through the ‘Dementia Challenge: Improving the environment of care for people with dementia’ initiative. It has also been selected by the Department of Health as one of just 15 NHS schemes to be used as a case study to inform future policy and strategy. The project has received a further £30,000 of support from the RD&E’s General Charitable Funds.

You can see the garden for yourself, by taking a trip along the Level 1 corridor, which has been decorated with nostalgic posters and images, to the courtyard area between B and C templates. 


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