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More time for hospital's teepee

26 Apr 2019 14:29:39
Teepee inside

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.”

Camerados’ public 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.