The benefits of artwork in hospitals

January 17, 2009

In year 6, we have been discussing the importance of art inside Salisbury District Hospital. It has been scientifically proven that if patients have interesting, suitable and welcoming views or artwork to look at, they will make a more rapid recovery. The hospital tries to ensure that this is fulfilled, not only for the patients but also for visitors and staff. In our discussions we have thought about types of artwork and how it relates to the unit where it is displayed. For example, in the eye department they have reasonably simple pictures to soothe those who can’t see the pictures as clearly as others. As there are no windows, the artwork is that key connection to outside living.  Also, in the pharmacy there is a board with pictures of different herbs, with the first letter of the names spelling out ‘health’.

The artwork includes:
· Mosaics
· Carvings
· Paintings
· Drawings and sketches
· Window Paintings
· Textiles
· Stain Glass
· Silk Paintings
· Collages
· Photos
· Mobiles
· Sculptures

We have been looking into which types of artwork appeals and entertains the younger mind.  We believe that artwork such as this would be a successful and fun part of the childrens unit.

It has been proven to us that artwork doesn’t necessarily have to be on the wall. In corridors there are flower designs on the floor. It has a huge impact on the appearance of the corridor and therefore is a worthwhile and a popular attraction among the patients and staff. There are also mobiles hanging from the ceilings, which are fascinating to look at.

As demonstrated here, art is a vital part of recovery and general comfort, so deciding what is displayed is a very important job. We hope to make the right decisions, as the role has been given to us!

By Bea and Charlotte


The People – Part 1

January 13, 2009

Name:            Marisa 
Occupation:  Architect


Marisa is the person who will be designing and planning the refurbishment of the children’s unit. She works with a big team of people including builders, engineers and electricians. Her aim is to make a better children’s ward a more interactive place for children and a nicer waiting room.

The Project

January 13, 2009

In year 6, we have started a project following on from last years students. The project involves designing a new childrens unit in Salisbury District Hospital. We have been given the task of designing the waiting room to suit our personal tastes representing children generally. We have to think and discuss in a group, individually and as a class, the atmosphere that we would want if we ever had to visit or stay in the childrens unit.

This project started with the hospital investing a small amount of money into refurbishing the childrens playroom, and gradually growing to result in a whole new plan of action!

The team working on this project aimed to include multiple members of the community, including schools, patients and the general public. The design team from the hospital set up an on-line survey to see what the public thought of the present childrens unit. The results revealed that people’s views on the ward were generally negative, with lots of room for improvement. The main things disliked were the babyish designs, the smell, the distance of the toilets and the overall environment. It was later decided that these were the things that needed improvement, over everything else. 

Other things to look into improving were the colour schemes and amount of space, as there had been complaints on the cluttered areas, and the dull environment. Previous students found wall colours and patterns played a very vital role in not only the appearance, but also the comforting and the welcoming feel.

All of year 6 are looking forward to the project ahead, and hope to see a big difference in the quality, appearance and warmth that the childrens unit will hopefully achieve.

By Charlotte and Bea