The John King Brain Tumour Foundation are delighted to be able to donate bespoke garden furniture to the Rose Centre, Cancer Department at St. George’s Hospital.
In 2023, John Greco, Head Gardener at St George’s, and his team were able to create a new garden for staff in the Rose Centre to take their breaks. Before it was just an area of storage for the Trust, there were portacabins there and a lot of rubble and things and wasn’t a welcoming environment for staff to spend their breaks in. Their staff room is quite small, so it’s meant that they can now have an extra space to relax and enjoy.
The Rose Centre is home to home to South-West London Breast Screening Service and St George’s National Breast Screening Training Centre.
“With a staff of around 60 people, including Consultants, Nurses, Radiographers, Health Care Assistants and Administrative staff, the staff/rest room is small and seats 8 people it can be a bit of a squeeze during lunch times! A place to sit, eat, chat, get some fresh air or just get their thoughts together is going to make a huge difference to the wellbeing of our staff.
The donation is greatly appreciated, we now have a space (weather permitting) for staff to get some fresh air and have a break in a comfortable environment.
We were also fortunate to get a small charity grant from St. Georges Charity and NHS England to clear the area and for some planters, our head gardener kindly donated some old benches for us, and we have made it into a peaceful sanctuary for the staff. The furniture that you have donated is such a welcome addition, and will be used every single day, so again Thank you”.
About the Rose Centre: They offer breast screening to the whole of Southwest London. If there is anything on a mammogram that requires further investigation, they run assessment clinics to investigate further. They also have daily symptomatic clinics and provide surgery to women in Wandsworth and Merton.
The staff are very dedicated and work tirelessly to make sure the women who are assessed are communicated with kindness and respect throughout their journey with them, whether that is being discharged after assessment or supporting them through any diagnosis of cancer.