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A new community space affectionately named The Flamin-Go Between – due to its position between inpatient and therapy areas – is helping patients in Princess Alexandra Hospital’s (PAH) Spinal Injuries Unit to relax and feel connected.
And a new garden just around the corner is helping them get their hands dirty and have some fun in the sun.
PAH Leisure Therapist Kate Martin said patients and staff shared a joint sense of ownership and responsibility over the spaces.
“People seem to come alive when they’re contributing in some way to the spaces. Simple tasks such as taking responsibility for watering right up to digging holes for fruit tree brings so much enjoyment,” she said.
“A lot of patients are doing things they find relaxing in the mural space like reading, listening to music, and spending time there when family and friends are visiting.”
Patients reported that the two spaces have helped create a sense of community and belonging.