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FRESH AIR: Green spaces guide introduced for Northwood hospital patients

 Published on: 27th September 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A new map and guide has been released allowing patients at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre discover the many green spaces on site for relaxation purposes.

The new Space to Breathe map highlights various spaces, including an ancient woodland, a fern garden, a wildlife pond and a meadow of wildflowers. It also shows walking spaces and a guide to the wildlife that can be found near the hospital.

Louise, whose husband John was recently a patient at Mount Vernon, said: “I really appreciated the green spaces at Mount Vernon whilst John was undergoing his treatment.  

“Walking around them each day offered space to think and process my thoughts; the woodland walk around the formal lawn was a lovely space to take a stroll, and highlights were seeing foxes and a muntjac, with a reliable tuneful birdsong as the musical score in the background.  

“Thank you to the team for making this a perfect place of calmness during a challenging chapter in my life.”

Trisha Webbe, assistant director of cancer services at Mount Vernon, added: “We know that connecting with nature and enjoying green spaces and fresh air is recognised as being vitally important for mental health and wellbeing.  

“This fantastic new guide will really help our patients and staff benefit from closer contact with the natural world and improve their wellbeing.”  

The map can be found around the hospital site, and on the website of the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust. To have a look at the guide, visit

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