Room to relax for hospital patients

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive John Lawlor, Warkworth Ward Manager Victoria Scott, Specialist Occupational Therapist Rebecca Trevarrow and Technical Instructor Ruth Lackenby-Jones at the new Chill Out Room at St George's Park.
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive John Lawlor, Warkworth Ward Manager Victoria Scott, Specialist Occupational Therapist Rebecca Trevarrow and Technical Instructor Ruth Lackenby-Jones at the new Chill Out Room at St George's Park.

A new sensory room has been created at Morpeth’s St George’s Park Hospital.

Staff from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) have made the Chill Out Room to provide an oasis of calm for patients with mental health conditions.

It includes fibre optic lights, different types of seating, music with noise reduction headphones, tactile cushions and squeeze balls, and scented items, and can be used by patients at any time, with sensory experiences tailored to their individual needs.

NTW Chief Executive John Lawlor, who officially opened the room, said: “I would like to congratulate our staff on creating a room which will play such an important role in the recovery of our service users. It will provide a safe environment for people to relax. We hope the Chill Out Room will support the wellbeing of our service users both now and in the future.”