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Rampton – Learning Disability update – April 2023

There’s been lots happening in Learning Disabilities in April - a few things to highlight!

  • The Southwell sensory garden project has got underway. Jimmy, Jan and Norm have been hard at work with patients preparing seedlings and painting the shed. Norm and Jan have recently been to the Newark Garden show and have returned with some great ideas.
  • Cooking with Leanne has been a big success with patients being creative in the kitchen. Sarah, the hospitals nutritionist was very impressed with the work being done.
  • Arts and Crafts have been decorating the big window of Southwell to make it appealing to the eye by using patient’s artwork, well done Kerry!
  • Lee, Activity coordinator is putting together activity boxes for each ward so patients unable to access off-ward activities still have something to do to keep busy.
  • Ferocious Dog played in the Recreation Hall to 46 patients from 3 directorates, including 13 Learning Disability patients. Official merchandise will be available to purchase by patients soon.
  • One of the patients from Aintree had his second visit onto Southwell where he sat and chatted to staff in the same room without being held. A week later he was escorted to Zest and did a big shop by himself then sat and ate an ice cream. This was a big achievement for this patient.
  • Nearly all Southwell staff have now completed the HOPE which was very insightful and educational.
  • Entries have been flying in with the renaming of Southwell gardens, the eventual winner will be announced at a forthcoming PACE meeting
  • James brought eight Loughborough University students into Southwell to have a look at the Unit - they were very impressed at what was on offer to our patients.
  • Jenni has joined the family as an Occupational Therapist and will be working closely with Cheltenham patients.



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