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My Space project provides staff with space to unwind

Wendy Reynolds, Site Services Support Officer

The site team at University Hospitals Plymouth have been working hard to create spaces for staff to unwind, relax and recuperate.

Recently the Trust saw the opening of our Wellbeing Room, the first of many indoor staff relaxation spaces that are being created through the My Space project. In addition to these incredible indoor spaces, which feature mood lighting, tea and coffee facilities, beanbags and even a yoga area, the project is also dedicated to revamping some of the Trust’s forgotten outdoor areas.

The one of the first outdoor areas to be revamped and opened to staff was an open air space near the maternity entrance of Derriford hospital. This cosy location near the maternity entrance was revitalised with repurposed covered seating and tasteful planting, thanks to a donation from Nevada. Planting donated by Nevada

The team behind the My Space project want to provide staff with a space to be able to step away from their workspace for the opportunity to take a break. They are also focused on trying to be as sustainable as possible while undertaking their projects, utilising what they can from around the Trust.

Evidence of their sustainability goals can be found in one of their recently completed My Space areas in the level 4 Lightwell Garden. This garden has been tidied up and replanted, reusing some of the plants and tables that were reclaimed from the ICU Garden which is also undergoing redevelopment work.

In addition to these spaces, the project has also created a number of areas where staff can relax on their break in the sunshine. Outside of the Maternity Theatres on level 4 there is a space with plenty of seating and opposite the bike sheds near the Maternity carpark there is another area with seating and parasols. Also, near the entrance to the TLB building the team has added seating and planting to create a relaxing, sunny spot for staff to enjoy.

The My Space team want to ensure that all staff have an area where they can go and take time to relax and will continue looking for other underused areas of the Trust that could have potential to be redeveloped.


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