A tepee installed in
the main entrance of Rotherham Hospital has been so popular, it will be staying
for a bit longer.
The teepee has been
provided by social movement, Camerados, at no cost to the Trust. It opened at
the end of January and has been open 24 hours a day. Since January, around
16,000 people have been inside. The teepee was due to leave the hospital at the
end of April, but will now remain in place until early June following the
fantastic feedback received.
The teepee offers
patients, visitors and members of staff a space where they can go to relax,
chat and look out for each other during stressful and emotional times.
George Briggs, Chief
Operating Officer at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are so
pleased with how well the teepee has been received in Rotherham. There’s always
people inside; whether they are taking some time for themselves, enjoying a
drink or talking to each other.
“Visitors have left
some truly moving stories on postcards, reflecting on their thoughts and
experiences. I would encourage anyone who visits the teepee to complete one of
the postcards to share their story; you never know who you might help.”
living room project aims to return a balance to the busy hospital environment
by encouraging a spirit of togetherness, camaraderie and fraternity where
patients, carers and staff can step outside of their day-to-day roles and
routines and connect on a deeper, more human level than might otherwise happen.
The social movement have provided public living rooms to a number of hospitals,
colleges and public spaces across the UK.
The teepee will be
open seven days a week.