Celeb designer creates wellbeing “haven” for GP practice staff in North West London

This weekend a London General Practice, Mandeville Medical Centre, was overhauled by designer and ex-NHS worker, Siobhan Murphy known from Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr, to “give back” to NHS workers and create a wellness hub that reimagines the general practice.

Practice software platform Mjog by Livi wanted to show the importance of giving back to healthcare workers after a new report, published in partnership with The Future Laboratory, showed that ‘wellness architecture’ can reduce stress, heart rate and blood pressure levels, with the revamp designed to bring that concept to life in reality.

Recent research suggests 92 per cent of NHS trusts are concerned about staff wellbeing, stress and burnout. Against that backdrop, Mjog is on a mission to ensure healthcare workers have the best possible chance to relax and recuperate, which is what the unveiling of today’s redesign at Mandeville Medical Practice is all about.

Upon seeing the redesigned space for the first time, Preeti Roopra, receptionist at Mandeville Medical Centre, said: “We can’t really put into words what this space means for us. We’ve all experienced some extremely tough times over the last few years, spending long hours in the practice and meeting patient requirements.

“At times I’ve wondered whether there was any light at the end of the tunnel. Whilst there’s still a long road ahead, this space is something we need in order to switch off, rewind and relax between a fast moving surgery life. I was so shocked walking into the room - it literally bought the biggest smile to face. It means the world.”

Barbara Lansiquot, practice manager at Mandeville Medical Centre, added: “Whilst life is returning to some form of normality, many of us on the frontline are struggling to recover from the long term impacts of the pandemic.

“It’s been incredibly hard to balance the wellbeing of patients, and practice workers alike, taking into account sickness, staff shortages and an increased demand for GP appointments.”

“We’re doing our best to keep things going, but it’s been a long few years for our staff and being able to give back to them is critical to support their wellbeing - no matter how big or small that may be.

“Having this gift from Mjog is not only a massive surprise, but something that will go a long way to making our staff feel happy. It’s quite emotional seeing the space transform from somewhere uninviting, to somewhere we actually want to spend our time.”

By Matthew Neville – Correspondent, Bdaily

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