Hospital artwork created to aid care at Floyd Unit

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Hospital artwork created to aid care at Floyd Unit
17 March 2015

ROCHDALE’s Floyd Neurological Rehabilitation Unit at Birch Hill and five other wards based within the four hospitals run by The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust have benefited from stunning photographic artwork installed as part of improvements designed to make patient areas and hospital environments more dementia friendly.

Lime Arts in Health has worked closely with the facilities teams at the Trust, staff and patients, on an ambitious series of carefully considered images of local spaces and places.

The projects are aimed at improving hospital environments involved in dementia care, through government funding secured by the Trust.

Arts project manager, Rob Vale, worked with acclaimed local photographer Chris Foster on the new artworks.  Rob said:

“Each ward was looked at separately in terms of what imagery might best work to improve it. In some cases we looked to generate photographs of local architecture – spaces that have remained the same for some time.  These form recognisable features and talking points.  We incorporated maps of the area as points of discussion as well. In other spaces Chris would talk to staff about beautiful spaces of places that they and patients wanted represented, bringing the beauty of this region into the hospital spaces.”

“This artwork has become a functioning aspect of patient care, through reducing anxiety and aiding orientation. It complements the changes that have been made to way finding, colours, layout and lighting of these patient areas.”

The results of this large body of artwork are dramatic changes to the ward spaces involved.  Full wall images are mixed with landscape images on a more homely scale, carefully balanced with architectural features to create welcoming, comfortable environments that seek to reduce the clinical feel of spaces and introduce the outdoors through Chris Foster’s wonderful pictures.

Karen Gaunt, Floyd neurological rehabilitation unit manager at The Pennine Acute Trust, said:

“The staff, patients and visitors to the Floyd Unit are very impressed with the fabulous artworks that have been installed throughout the unit. The murals in the lounge and dining area are stunning and have produced fantastic talking points for all to enjoy.”

Other wards that have benefitted from the new installed artwork includes the orthopaedic ward T7 and the Lucy Pugh outpatient department at The Royal Oldham Hospital, wards J5 and I5 at North Manchester General Hospital, and Ward 21 at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury.

Pictured: new artwork installed at the Floyd Neurological Rehabilitation Unit at Birch Hill in Rochdale showing Hollingworth Lake in the lounge area.