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The Thurrock Dolls House Miniature Group has donated a miniature garden and allotment to the Osler Ward. The Osler ward is an acute medical ward for patients with dementia who benefit from engaging in activities that help to improve mood, wellbeing and mental abilities.

Osler ward cares for older people meeting the needs of male patients. They have a day room that’s been turned into a pub for patients to interact in. The miniature garden is used as talking points for patients and is a vital part of their care.

The group have previously donated other miniature pieces to us, one of which was donated to Kingswood ward.

Beryl Allchornn, from Thurrock Dolls House Miniature Group said, “It makes my day to be able to put a smile on someone’s face, and I know this miniature garden will. It helps to bring back a lot of memories and its talking points for the patients. Nobody knows what tomorrow holds and it’s a great opportunity to give back. ”

Jane Gilby, Admiral Nurse said, “I think the work is unbelievable, Beryl and the rest of the team have done some fantastic job. It’s so beneficial for the patients, as it’s difficult to get resources for the men. To be able to get things that are specific for them like the garden, garden sheds and an allotment is lovely, as it’s important for the patients to be able to have a focus point. The activity coordinator will make great use of them for the sessions they have with patients on the ward.

“The original idea for the day rooms came from Karen Fanshanu who was a matron for older people. Karen thought it would be better to convert a room in the wards to feature rooms which are non-clinical. This means patients can get out of their beds and interact with each other. It’s great that she had a vision and we have seen it come to life and the patients are still reaping the benefits. “

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