A suitable open space for a new Rooftop Garden Retreat has been allocated on the top of the infill building on the 5th floor of the Royal Melbourne Hospital. This outdoor space will be furnished with plants and suitable seating and secure access from the main block, for cancer patients and their carers to access.
Funds from Dry July 2012 and 2013 are going towards making this project a reality for cancer patients at the hospital.
The environment of The Royal Melbourne Hospital in a highly urbanised area restricts access to the outside world, particularly for admitted patients. The only current option for cancer patients is to head outside is the hospital main entrance, on a busy metropolitan street. There is not currently a welcoming space for those seeking rest and solitude.
Patients at staff look forward to the completion of the retreat.