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WWL staff to benefit from new Wellness Lounge

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Staff at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WWL), are set to benefit from a brand-new wellness lounge, which was officially opened on Tuesday 28th June, as part of WWL’s commitment to supporting the health and wellbeing of its staff.

The dedicated space, at the Trust’s Royal Albert Edward Infirmary (RAEI) site, was developed in response to staff highlighting how much they valued the psychological support they received during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, alongside requests for changing facilities, a space to rest and relax, make a brew and chat with other colleagues.

The Trust commenced the refurbishment programme last year, with the aim to improve facilities so that staff will have a comfortable, relaxing and well-equipped environment. It will also be a space for staff to use for meetings and take part in wellbeing courses and activities.

Speaking at the event, WWL Chief Executive, Silas Nicholls said: “Being able to take a break and having a comfortable, well-equipped place in which to do so, is really important – especially for staff working long shifts. The staff room refurbishment programme is part of our ongoing investment in staff health and wellbeing and is a direct result of staff telling us what would improve their working lives – we want everyone at WWL to recognise their voice matters.”

Chief People Officer, Alison Balson said: “We now have two dedicated spaces to enable us to deliver safe, confidential support to staff.

“The facilities are going to make such a difference and really help to create a culture of wellbeing across the organisation now there is somewhere to help staff rest, recharge and reset.”

The Wellness at Work Lounge is fully equipped with a hot food preparation area, vending machines, comfortable seating, and breakout areas. Showers, changing areas and lockers are also available for staff to use before and after their shifts.

Wigan Warriors player, Liam Farrell, cut the rainbow ribbon at a ceremony held at the Trust’s Royal Albert Edward Infirmary (RAEI) site, and welcomed staff into the new facility to celebrate its launch.

Speaking to staff at the event, Wigan Warriors forward Liam highlighted the importance of wellbeing for everyone, be it in a sporting environment, or in healthcare.

Liam said: “Within our sport, wellness is vital – a happy player is a better player. Staff here are really going to benefit from this space, somewhere to relieve the pressure and then go back to the job with full throttle.”

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