Greenspace and Health guide released

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NHSScotland projects have been featured in a guide to providing and utilising green space in health facilities. The guide, produced by the Forestry Commission, NHS Scotland, the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare and NHS Sustainable Development Unit, provides tools and inspiration for creating outdoor and green spaces that have a therapeutic value, and actively contribute to the health and wellbeing of patients, staff and visitors.

The guide is aimed at people with all levels of experience, whether they are building design clients, policy makers, groundskeepers or doctors, and is applicable to all types and scales of health care facilities.

One of the major case studies is the Argyll and Bute Psychiatric Hospital in Lochgilphead, describing its successful woodland access scheme, and several other NHSScotland projects are referenced throughout.

The guide can be downloaded from the Forestry Commission website here.

SERVICE: Health Design Advice

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Description of SCIM Design Statements for NHS Scotland with links to project pages.

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