Neonatal garden set to undergo redesign

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Neonatal unit staff are redesigning their garden space to create a relaxing place for all of the families using the women and children’s departments at The James Cook University Hospital.

The courtyard outside of the neonatal unit at the Middlesbrough hospital has become dated and overgrown in recent years and is not currently being used to its full potential.

Staff want to transform the garden into a beautiful, tranquil and accessible space for everyone so they have somewhere peaceful to take some time out.

Fran Toller, operations director from the community care centre said: “We are reviewing the space following feedback from all families who use the neonatal unit, as well as parents coming through maternity and families who are resident in the paediatric areas.

“We want to update the garden into a positive and beautiful tranquil space that can be shared by all.  We are sensitive to the families who have used the garden over the years to remember their loved ones and this will be reflected in our future plans.  We will be carefully considering the views of all our families as we take this forward.”

Over the years a number of keepsakes have been placed in the garden in memory and the garden has been used as place for families to remember loved ones that have been lost. With this in mind, the new garden will include a special tribute, in memory of all of our babies.

Families who have used the garden in the past are being invited to contribute ideas to the working group.  They can do so by emailing by 14 February 2020.

Those currently with belongings in the garden are also being urged to take any keepsakes home before 14 February 2020, prior to any work starting on the garden.

Fran added: “It is our hope that in six to 12 months we will have a beautiful, vibrant and positive garden for all families wishing to use this space.”