I work for Burton Hospitals NHSFT and my role is Head of Community and Business Development but I also look after the charitable arm of the organisation.
A hospital can be a very frightening and clinical place to be – people are feeling anxious and not at their best when they come to us and by having some calming designs that flow throughout the hospital helps with peoples emotional well being.
It allows people to have their mind taken off the reason that they are here and be distracted – even if for a small moment in time. It can help with the calming environment to prevent a clinical ambience. First impressions are everything and as you are now walking down our long corridor to get to clinic / the ward / X-ray you experience a little bit of nature as opposed to clinical walls which makes spirits lift and smiles appear.
An overall feeling of well-being.
The first one will always be special to me as it was hard to make people visualise what it could look like once complete and there were sceptics along the way – once the design was up there to be seen in its full glory people could really appreciate it in its entirety.
The ‘tree’ that we have in the Snow Drop Suite where we have leaves to remember those stillborn babies always brings a tear to people’s eyes – it is truly a wonderful thing.
The process was seamless for me as Hannah and Holly did all the hard work in bringing the ideas that we had to life. They were able to work with the production company to source products that would work in a healthcare environment and advised of alternate ideas when things couldn’t happen as we first imagined.
In the words of Nike – ‘Just do it’