The unit will cater for children of all ages and will need to be welcoming and provide distraction and comfort for them when they come into hospital for care and treatment.
The architects have used the natural world for inspiration and suggested the following themes: Waterworld for Children's Outpatients that will be on the ground floor (Level 3). Treetops for the Day Assessment Unit and Inpatient area that will be on the upper floor (Level 4). There are some inspiring images form children to look through to help them decide.
Voting is open to all children until June 30. The images and voting forms are available from the webpage (go to www.artcare.salisbury.nhs.uk/childrensunit.htm and click on the big starfish) and in the Children's Outpatients main waiting room at Salisbury District Hospital (open Monday to Friday). These should be sent back to Penny Robbins, ArtCare, Salisbury District Hospital, SP2 8BJ.
Penny Robbins from the Artcare team said: ”It’s essential that children feel welcome and comfortable when they come into the new unit and decoration will play an important part in this. Design is also important and children have already had a key role in this. Results from our survey last year told us that people wanted the new unit to be a ‘Fun, Colourful and Happy’ place. We can't use TV or film characters, as these go out of date and don't suit everyone's taste, which is why the architects have come up with the natural world as an overall theme.”
Mrs Robbins added: “This is an important part of the project as the themes will guide us in our work with children’s groups in designing the floors, lighting, walls, furniture and outside areas. These interior design details will be paid for as part of the Caring 4 Kids Campaign and the fundraising efforts of local people. “
The new unit will cost £4 million in total, with the Caring 4 Kids Campaign covering the cost of extra facilities and equipment. These include ‘home from home’ rooms for children with cancer and cystic fibrosis who regularly spend long periods in hospital; indoor and outdoor play, therapy and assessment areas; multi-sensory equipment for disabled children and dedicated parent’s accommodation where families can stay close to their child. Ends
For further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170