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Two garden rooms opened in Royal London Hospital to aid recovery in dementia patients

PUBLISHED: 18:04 22 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:59 23 February 2018

Ward managers Lynda and Susan in one of the rooms. Picture: Barts Health Trust

Ward managers Lynda and Susan in one of the rooms. Picture: Barts Health Trust

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The Royal London Hospital have opened two dementia friendly tea rooms and two garden rooms to help patients with recovery.

The tea rooms have wall murals, grass and patio furniture to create a calm atmosphere. Picture: Barts Health TrustThe tea rooms have wall murals, grass and patio furniture to create a calm atmosphere. Picture: Barts Health Trust

The two garden spaces use wall murals, artificial grass, scent diffusers and patio furniture to create a calm atmosphere for dementia patients.

Two of the rooms are named after ward managers Diane and Susan and are placed centrally in wards so patients, carers and staff can interact. Day rooms are used in recovery to encourage patients to leave their beds and socialise.

Occupational therapist Kate Young, who specialises in dementia, said: “Being in hospital can be a daunting experience for anyone, but for those living with dementia it can be particularly disorientating and unsettling.

“With this in mind we want to offer all of our patients a relaxing space to retreat to as well as providing a social space to catch up with family and friends away from their hospital bed.”

The rooms were funded by Barts Charity.

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