Bassetlaw Hospital installs boutique dome for staff to enjoy during breaks

A fully furnished boutique dome complete with rainbow bunting and fairy lights has been installed in the Rainbow Memorial Garden at Bassetlaw Hospital, giving staff a space where they can go to relax and recharge away from their work areas.

The dome, which will be onsite for a few months, is based in the Rainbow Memorial Garden which was created in September 2020 to remember all those sadly lost to Covid-19.  The crowd-funded  area is resplendent with colourful plants and flowers and also has painted pebbles dotted around the gardens created by local school children.

Throughout the pandemic colleagues across the Trust have worked tirelessly looking after patients, with exceptional dedication and commitment.  Due to government guidelines our restaurants were closed and staff often would eat in their work areas with no time to take a break to rest and recharge.  Now restrictions are easing it is hoped staff will use this opportunity to get away from their areas of work to take a much earned break and take time for themselves.

Karen Barnard, Director of People and Organisational Development at the Trust and the executive in-charge of staff health and wellbeing, said : “It’s really important staff have a space where they can relax and take some time out for themselves. This ‘staff room’ with a difference will ensure our colleagues, who have worked so incredibly hard throughout this pandemic, will be able to relax and unwind which is vitally important for their health and wellbeing.

“Rest and self-care are so important and never more so with what we have all been through over the last year. Taking a break gives our staff the chance to take a breather and to replenish energy levels and ensures staff return to their area work with more energy, motivation and feeling refreshed.  We hope staff enjoy this space and we will be looking at offering similar spaces at our other sites.”