Published date: 26 November 2020

Transforming patio area for staff and patient wellbeing

Caterham Dene Hospital, Surrey


Customers/Stakeholders: Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, First Community Health and Care

NHSPS representatives: Emma Finegan, Principal Portfolio Optimisation Manager, Shani Sreedharan, Facilities Services Manager, Jancy Sara Jose, Facilities Assistant

Customer feedback

"The new patio floor will be a huge benefit for the patients. The work done in there has eliminated the shabby look and trip hazards. This space will be a blessing if relatives can visit the patients during Christmas period as social distancing can be maintained."

Nursing team


Staff at Caterham Dene Hospital had made a request to transform the patio area on site from an unused and inaccessible area for patients.


NHS Property Services was able to secure funding to replace the courtyard patio, from broken and unsteady paving slabs to tarmac.

We are committed to improving environments for NHS colleagues and patients alike. This scheme is part of our nationwide initiative to identify opportunities to improve staff rest and welfare areas for our NHS partners.


Patients, their families and staff will now be able to fully enjoy and utilise the area without the risk of any slips or trips!

Supporting our NHS colleagues is a top priority, and we hope this improved outdoor space will help improve their physical and mental wellbeing ensuring the delivering of excellent patient care.