A Socially Distanced Meander Through COVID-19
Local community, patients and staff came together in September 2019 for the first Meander for Mental Health Event, held at Glasgow’s Leverdale Hospital. Walks in the local area were used in a day packed with fun and activity to promote exercise for our mental health and break down the barriers and stigma surrounding mental illness. The 2020 Meander event was set to take place on 19 September but had to be cancelled due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.
Not to be deterred a group of patients and staff from the hospital celebrated Meander for Mental Health on the day, by completing the Gold Medal walking route, on a beautiful day filled with sunshine and laughter. The day was topped off by seeing the NHS Spitfire when nearing the end of the 3.7km walk. The event was fully risk assessed and followed government, public health and Sport Scotland guidance – it came under the category of a health walk and was covered by sport guidance exempt from social meetings guidance.
On return to the ward staff and patients enjoyed a well-deserved picnic before being presented with their medals and certificates.
Hospital Charge Nurse, Jon Palmer said: “We had an absolutely fantastic afternoon, thoroughly enjoyed by peers and staff alike topped off by having a great vantage point for the plane. What a brilliant day”
Angela Watson, Physiotherapy Team Lead at Leverndale Hospital added: “We are hoping that this will be one event of many in the future for the Rehabilitation Ward. As for Meander for Mental Health 2021 – it is hoped this will run virtually so watch out for more details in the new year. In the meantime take some time to look at the video of the event last year.”