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Staff Wellbeing At Heart Of Leading Animal Hospital

11 months ago

1st May, 2019 10h26

Linnaeus Group

One of the country’s leading animal hospitals is putting staff wellbeing at the top of its agenda following the unveiling of a dedicated space for team members to enjoy away from their fast-paced working environment.

Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service, in Solihull, has opened the doors of a new wellbeing room, carefully designed and created for the benefit of employees at the busy hospital.

Enabling staff to relax in a calm area during breaks, or before or after shifts, the relaxed setting features a range of comfortable seating, offering a sanctuary from social media, emails and messaging in what is hoped will be a phone-free zone in which staff can completely switch off.

A small library of books has been curated, covering topics such as personal development, mindfulness and stress reduction. There are also two ‘jars of joy’ staff can dip into which feature top tips for emotional and mental wellbeing, along with physical wellbeing. Employees are also being invited to put forward their own top tips on wellbeing to share with colleagues.

Hospital director Tracey Morley Jewkes, who is leading Willows’ continued push to match its clinical excellence with the same high level of support for staff, said: “There is nothing more important here than our Willows family.

“We are here for each other and we support each other, giving great care to our patients, our clients and our referring vets.

“The staff at Willows do a stressful, and sometimes upsetting, job, so we thought it would be a good idea to create a beautiful area where staff can take their breaks away from the hustle and bustle.

“Whether they choose to read or simply have a few mindful moments, we want them to know this little haven is there for them to benefit from.”

To find out more about Willows, in Highlands Road, Shirley, and the full range of specialist services it offers, please visit

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