A new ‘wellbeing room’ named in honour of a national hero has been opened for hospital staff at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital.
‘Tom’s Wellbeing Room’, named after Sir Captain Tom Moore, was officially opened at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital (ROH) in September. Sir Captain Tom made headlines across the world last year when he raised almost £40million for the NHS by walking around his garden 100 times ahead of his 100th birthday.
The main purpose of the room is for all ROH staff to have a quiet space to unwind and reflect whenever they need it. The space has been designed to support colleagues to relax, as well as to encourage communication and meditative practice. This is part of the Trust’s long-term plan to prioritise the wellbeing of staff and become ‘The Wellbeing Hospital’.
The space was designed after a survey of staff showed they would like an indoor space dedicated to looking after their wellbeing. A small focus group made up of staff from across the organisation was put together to ensure the space was fit for purpose. A £14,000 grant from NHS Charities Together was utilised in order to support the room, which is part of a wider initiative supporting both indoor and outdoor wellbeing spaces across the hospital.
Once the funding was secured, staff were surveyed again to see what they would like in the room. There are comfortable sofas and a reading corner to help staff unwind for a few minutes, and mood lighting to help create a calming environment within the busy hospital. All staff are able to utilise the facility at any time of day. The room will also help to provide space for group mindfulness and mental health first aid sessions for all colleagues.
Laura Tilley-Hood, Engagement and Wellbeing Officer at ROH, said: “As the Wellbeing Officer for the Trust I am thrilled to see the transformation of Tom’s Wellbeing Room. It is a calming, relaxing space for all colleagues, to enable them to have ten minutes out of their busy day to unwind. Teams across the ROH have worked incredibly hard together to create this much-needed space and I hope everybody has the opportunity to use the room to focus on their wellbeing.”