Tree planted at Morpeth hospital to mark annual event

Trust chairman Hugh Morgan-Williams at Northgate Hospital, Morpeth.
Trust chairman Hugh Morgan-Williams at Northgate Hospital, Morpeth.

A Northumberland hospital celebrated Dignity Action Day by planting a tree to give patients the chance to hang wish-lists from its branches.

Staff at Northgate Hospital in Morpeth, run by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, held various activities to mark the event.

Tina Richmond, an activities co-ordinator for the trust, said: “Dignity Action Day is an annual opportunity to celebrate our patients’ right to dignity. As part of this year’s celebrations, Heighley Gate Garden Centre, near Morpeth, kindly donated a tree to us, which was planted by the trust’s chairman, Hugh Morgan-Williams, in our occupational therapy garden.

“We encouraged our patients, staff and visitors to think about what dignity means to them, and their thoughts were made into dignity leaves, which were then hung on the tree.”

The leaves were made from card which the patients then wrote wishes on, such as ‘respect my individuality’ and ‘for everyone to smile every day’.

As well as the dignity tree, staff put up displays throughout the hospital providing information and promoting the day.

The celebrations were followed by a tea party.

Dignity Action Day is part of the Dignity in Care campaign launched in November 2006 to call for dignity and respect to be put at the heart of care services.