Kettering General Hospital is to build an outdoor gym in its Pocket Park and continue with key staff support initiatives over the next year thanks to charity funds raised by Captain Sir Tom Moore. So far KGH has received a total of £269,600 from NHS Charities Together. The funding has supported initiatives throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so in the year aheadInitiatives supported have included:
- Plans to build an outdoor gym with 12 exercise stations in the hospital’s Pocket Park area – a great facility for both staff and members of the public who will be able to use it. This will be subject to Covid rules but is hoped the gym will be in place by late Summer using equipment supplied by local leisure company Wicksteed.
- Funding our #WeCare Café – which opened in April 2020 – and is safe place for staff to decompress and relax in their breaks. It has had more than 40,000 visits since its launch providing free teas and coffees and snacks:
- An Open Office Listening Service to provide immediate confidential support and signposting to relevant support services by staff – this service has had more than reached more than1,600 attendances since its launch in April 2020
- A new Out of Office Pastoral Care/Mindfulness Support where staff listeners visit those areas most affected by the pandemic and providing a ‘locally’ accessible listening service to staff in a similar way to the Open Office. This has involved more than 90 visits since its launch on June 28, 2020.
- The Trust has also received many thousands of meals through NHS Charities Together – the final 500 were delivered on March 31, 2021.