Trees could help speed recovery after surgery

3 November 2011

Greenery in a hospital could help speed up patient recovery after surgery, according to a new report.

Researchers at Keele University found that trees can provide significant psychological benefits to patients and help them to relax - in turn making recovery time faster.

Dr Peter Thomas, senior lecturer in dendroecology at the university, suggested that ahead of national tree week, healthcare practises should embrace nature into their wards.

He said: "There is good evidence that being able to see trees rather than a wall while in hospital helps speed recovery after surgery."

Trees could lower the need for painkillers and make people less negative about their situation and even reduce post-surgical complications, according to the doctor.

Dr Thomas also mentioned that psychologists have shown that walking in rural areas can reduce blood pressure, heart rate and stress, and increases a sense of peace.

National Tree Week runs from November 26th to December 4th 2011 and is the UK's largest tree celebration.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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