The Hospital Environment
The sights and sounds of the hospital have a significant impact on the experience and wellbeing of patients and their families. A hospital can be a scary and intimidating place for a child, filled with uncertainty during a stressful time.
Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity worked closely with staff and patients throughout the building phase of the Royal Hospital for Children and enhanced many areas of the hospital, including the Family Support and Information Centre, the play rooms on each ward, the Sanctuary, and family rooms in the Intensive Care Unit.
Following feedback from patients and staff since the hospital opened in June 2015, we have continued our programme of enhancements to the hospital environment.
In early 2016 we funded a project to transform the waiting areas and treatment rooms of the Imaging and Diagnostics department, where there are no windows and the machinery is large and noisy.
Over the course of 4 weeks, Gregory, Emmanuel and Kata from the Anouk Foundation transformed the bare clinical walls of the department with therapeutic murals, creating a warm, soothing and welcoming space.
“It makes it feel like a children’s hospital” - Mary Pirie, Consultant Radiographer
The department now has a much more cheerful and comforting environment, which helps to reduce the fears and anxieties of patients. This in turn helps to improve communication and collaboration between staff, parents and patients for a more successful clinical outcome.
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