New ‘rest nest’ for Charing Cross Hospital’s emergency department staff

04 August 2020

New ‘rest nest’ for Charing Cross Hospital’s emergency department staff
Hundreds of emergency department staff at Charing Cross Hospital are benefitting from a newly refurbished rest area, thanks to a £40,000 grant from Imperial Health Charity.

With support from Taylor Howes Design, this refurbished new area, dubbed the ‘rest nest’, includes new lighting, flooring and kitchen. Members of hospital staff were also involved in the redecoration, with the order of bespoke designs for the new furniture approved by the staff.

Charing Cross Hospital’s Emergency Department is a very busy part of the hospital and can be a demanding environment for staff. Last year saw 350,000 patients visit the Trust’s emergency departments seeking urgent help. 

Taylor Howes Design’s charitable initiative, Rest Nest Charity, aims to give back to healthcare workers by making over their staff rooms and rest areas so they can relax and recharge in a comfortable environment.

Ffion Griffiths, Deputy General Manager for Urgent and Emergency Medicine at Charing Cross Hospital, said: “The new emergency department rest nest really has given everyone a relaxing space to get away from the hustle and bustle. Everyone was really blown away when they saw the transformation come to life, it really is a world away from the old break room!

“Staff are really grateful to Imperial Health Charity for supporting our staff room development and would like to say a big thank you!”

Working in partnership with NHS charities across the UK, Rest Nest Charity either matches charity donations or receives donations to provide furniture or other resources. They believe there has never been a better time to show support for NHS staff.

“The reaction from the staff when they saw what was happening was tremendous!” said Anthony Threlfall, the Trust’s Senior Project Manager of the Estates Capital Projects Team.