TV actress opens garden for patients

Robert Sutcliffe

FORMER Emmerdale actress Verity Rushworth is to open officially a new female-only garden at the Becklin Centre, Leeds on Wednesday.

The Becklin Centre comprises four acute mental health inpatient wards for adults between the ages of 18-65. It has a therapy suite, treatment unit, pharmacy, outpatient suite and training space.

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The new garden has been designed to provide women patients with a calm, peaceful and relaxing environment during their time there. The garden will also help to aid recovery.

A competition was held to name the garden and winning entry Lavender Court was suggested by a patient at the centre. The entry was chosen from more than 100 applications.

A garden party is being held to officially open Lavender Court. The event will include games, activities and refreshments, along with Ms Rushworth who will officially open the garden.

She said: “It is great to see that hospital units such as the Becklin Centre will have such a fun yet relaxing facility available to female service users.

‘’I am really looking forward to seeing the garden and meeting some of the people who have worked hard to make this possible.”

Director of care services and chief nurse at Leeds Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust Michele Moran said: “The opening of this garden is a great development for service users, carers and visitors to the Becklin Centre. The relaxed and safe environment is a credit to the centre and staff.

“The trust remains committed to providing all our service users with a positive experience as well as high quality, safe clinical care. Lavender Court will provide a calm, tranquil and peaceful environment for female service users who are visiting or staying at the Becklin Centre.”