On a dark winter’s day we visited St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, to install the magnificent light emitting bluebell woodland display. Nothing could have prepared us for the impact it would have on a gentleman who was agitated and anxious, waiting to be seen by staff in the AECU. Immediately it was unveiled his face changed to reflect the sunshine, the optimism, and the serenity of the spring woodland. In his words “it has made me feel so much more relaxed – it is beautiful. It reminds me of walking in my local woods – it has so much light”
Nature Works for Health in partnership with Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals has recently unveiled two nature light displays in the Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit (AECU) at St Peter’s Hospital. The Healing Arts committee, led by Chief Nurse Andrea Lewis and Deputy Chairman Marcine Waterman, meet regularly to discuss how to create an environment in the hospital that is both calming and inspiring. In the words of Marcine
“These immersive nature displays aim to bring the beauty of the natural world into the hospital. We believe and evidence suggests that the presence of nature and landscapes in healthcare settings can bring a number of benefits and can aid recovery, help to reduce the length of stay for patients and have a positive impact on wellbeing for staff, patients and visitors.
Which is why we’re absolutely delighted to celebrate the installation of these beautiful nature displays in our AECU at St Peter’s. As I am sure you can see, these nature displays really do have the power to take your mind away from the clinical setting and offer a sense of calm and visual serenity.” Marcine Waterman, Deputy Chairman, Non-Executive Director and champion of the Healing Arts programme at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals.