Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Chill-Out Garden Offers Respite to Staff

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Chill-Out Garden Offers Respite to Staff

Article excerpt

IMAGINE watching a child die right in front of you, despite your desperate efforts to save it.

Or think of how you would feel if the threat of being verbally and physically abused was part of coming to work each day.

You would want somewhere to achill outa a to debrief with colleagues a and just try to regain some of your sanity.

That's exactly what the Wishlist Garden will become.

Already there are tables and chairs, umbrellas, herbs and plants a thanks to $44,000 donated by local health charity group Wishlist.

What's missing is the water feature centrepiece that will become part of the escape Dr Tony Harrington wants for his colleagues.

A look through the statistics for Nambour Hospital's emergency department shows why staff need all the stress relief they can get.

Patient numbers jumped 11% last year to 37,000. That's an average of about 100 people a day with Saturday and Sundays climbing to 120.

Most come in with chest and abdominal pains, viral illnesses, urinary tract infections, as well as cuts and fractures. …

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