At the beginning of 2019, staff from Downton Ward wanted to create an up to date, fresh and welcoming ward atmosphere for patients and staff. The ward was looking tired and had not had any refurbishment for 20 years. The staff worked in partnership with ArtCare to identify the areas that needed improvement and from this we presented our ideas to the League of Friends for funding and support to make this happen. The bid was successful, and along with some ward funds and help from ArtCare, we were able to implement our vision of how we wanted the ward to look.
Our vision was to have pictures of the village of Downton and its surrounding countryside. Lesley Self from ArtCare went out with her camera one evening and captured over 600 images for us to look through and decide which should be displayed on the ward. We found it very difficult to choose a small selection from such a vast amount of lovely pictures.
Even though this project was small, the creation of welcoming surroundings has had a very positive impact on ward morale. We have improved all three of our side rooms by adding ceiling tiles, which will be visible for those in bed, and artwork detailing the local landscape will provide a virtual view to the outside world. The window film will be an interesting distraction for patients, overcoming boredom and stress and also helping with privacy. New signage has also been installed to clearly identify the different areas.
We are most grateful to the League of Friends and ArtCare for the support we have received in being able to make this happen. We have had so many positive comments from patients, families and other staff visiting the ward about the artwork and improvements we have made.
Paula Dawson - Senior Sister, Downton Ward