Published: 11/09/2017 17:00 - Updated: 11/09/2017 13:43

Men show a shed load of heart for hospital garden

Written byVal Sweeney


cardiac garden
A revamped garden has given patients and staff at Raigmore Hospital a new space to enjoy.

A NEGLECTED outdoor space at Raigmore Hospital has been transformed into an imaginative and eye-catching garden for patients and staff to enjoy.

The internal courtyard next to the cardiac cath lab has been revamped by members of the Inverness Men’s Shed with the support of Dobbies Garden Centre.

Professor Steve Leslie, consultant cardiologist for NHS Highland, thanked the men’s shed volunteers, led by Alan Michael, for taking on the project.

"Not only has this removed an eyesore, it has also created a useable space for patients and staff," Prof Leslie said.

"The cardiac cath lab treats more than 1300 patients every year and I am sure that the improvements this work has made to the environment will improve patient experience during their stay in the unit."

Mr Michael ended up in the unit when he suffered a heart attack 18 months ago when the project was at the design stage.

"I had a heart attack in the city centre and drove myself to a health centre and was then rushed into Raigmore," said Mr Michael, who has made a full recovery after having stents inserted. "The project got very personal."

Wendi Forbes, a staff nurse in the cath lab, said the Men’s Shed members had entertained staff during their hard work in creating the garden.

"They have given us a useable and interesting space to both enjoy and benefit from," she said.

It was officially opened by Professor David Newby, director of the Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility.

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