Alice Kinsella, Sr Mary Lalor, Michael Redmond, Greg Price, Ger Hogan, Catherine Hughes, Chris Byrne and Brian O'Loughlin at the garden opening
A new “garden space” has been opened at Naas Hospital.
The space offers tranquility and calm and is situated in the courtyard area within the hospital building.
It's accessed by going through the main hospital entrance and walking towards Out Patients Level 2.
It was funded by the Friends of Naas Hospital, a voluntary group which has funded many initiatives at the facility - in the absence of adequate State funding.
The “Whisper Sanctuary” as it's known is a quiet space for patients, family and hospital staff members which engages the senses, provides a place of refuge from the hustle and bustle of the hospital and promotes healing.
According to FoNH chairwoman Helen Buckley green spaces in hospitals and healthcare facilities have been proven to positively affect a person's emotions and improve their sense of well being.
“We hope this unique space in Naas will support patients on their road to recovery as well as families and staff. .”
“We're delighted to see this courtyard space transformed into a little green haven for the Naas hospital community,” added Ms Buckley.
Among those present at the opening were members of the Nas na Ri singers, who fundraised at Christmas by producing a music collection on CD.
It was designed by Chris Byrne of Kilmeague Landscape Services and artist Brian O'Loughlin created a specially themed bog oak sculpture.