In January, the Trust shared plans about the need to move the
baby memorial garden within the grounds of University Hospital of
North Durham to a new location on the hospital site.
The relocation is needed to support the Trust's proposals to
expand the hospital's emergency department to manage increasing
demand and improve the care and experience of patients who require
urgent and emergency care at the hospital.
Through a series of engagement events in January and early
February, the Trust listened to the views of families who currently
have a plaque within the current garden about how the move could be
managed in the most empathetic way and what features would support
the most comfortable environment and experience for them in the new
The Trust also apologised for the upset caused through the
process of announcing the need to relocate the garden and committed
to working with families and stakeholders through the process of
Following the engagement, which also included a short survey,
some common design themes and features were identified.
Over the course of the past few weeks, the Trust has
commissioned designers to work on proposed designs for the new
garden based on this engagement work and the views shared by the
Following this, the Trust scheduled a series of further events
in March to share these designs and provide an update on the
The proposed plans are available to view and the presentation
from the engagement events is also available to view by clicking on
the publications on this page. If you have any feedback on the
plans please either use the feedback form in the publications
section of this page or contact our Patient Experience Manager,
Paula Brennan via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
During the first phase of engagement work, some families
expressed a wish to remove their plaque from the current garden and
not relocate them in the new space.
Due to the fragile nature of the plaques, we have asked a
contractor to support any families who wish to do this. If you
would like to remove your plaque and not relocate it, the joiner
will be available in the current garden on the following dates to
support you with the removal:
Members of the Trust's Patient Experience Team will also be
present to support families through this difficult process.
Some families expressed a wish to be involved in the move of
their plaques to the new garden and further information was
provided at the engagement events about this.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact
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