Date: 12 August 2022
We are happy to announce that Brighton General Hospital now has a dedicated rest space that is available for all staff on site to use.
The project, funded by the Trust’s official charity, Sussex Community NHS Charity, will have a positive impact on hundreds of staff who work there every single day.
Prior to the room’s transformation, there was not a consistent rest space for all staff on site - with smaller staff rooms not accessible to all, and other areas being required for training and meetings at varying times of the day.
What was once a boardroom is now a bright and airy staff room, offering plenty of colourful seating, fridges to store lunch and hot water for making a well-deserved cuppa. There is also filtered water and rumour of a coffee machine arriving soon!
John Drew, Director of Staff Experience at NHS England, recently said: “The need for time and space comes through again and again as being essential for staff to access support and benefit from it - including good quality rest spaces.”
Having a relaxing area to eat lunch, have a moment of peace and socialise with colleagues is vital for staff, providing an opportunity to reset and helping to reduce stress and increase staff morale.
As one member of staff said: “Staff wellbeing is fundamental to our work and we need to look after ourselves to look after our patients.”
This is one of the many ways that generous donations from our community can have a positive impact on our staff, helping them to continue delivering excellent care.
If you would like to show your support and learn more about the work of Sussex Community NHS Charity, go to: www.sussexcommunity.nhs.uk/charity