We’re thrilled to reveal our biggest children’s ward refurbishment to date! Having worked with Kingston Hospital for the past 16 years, it’s been an absolute joy to give their Dolphin and Sunshine paediatric wards a truly fabulous face lift.
Kingston Hospital’s Chief Executive, Jo Farrar, told us what he thought of the transformation: “We are delighted with the outcome of the paediatric refurbishment project; not only has it made a significant difference to our young patients’ experience, it has also provided a positive and happy environment. We would like to thank Momentum Children’s Charity and their supporters, for making it possible.”
Creating a clean, comfortable and child-friendly environment were top of the priority list, as well as helping to improve sign-posting so that visitors could find their way around more easily. Thanks to generous funding from Association of Property Lenders, The Park Family Charitable Trust, The Generations Foundation, Lloyds of London, Zurich Community Trust and The Aberdeen Standards Investments Charitable Trust, the department has been brightened up to create a welcoming haven.
Sunshine and Dolphin wards: The entrance corridors to both wards were bland with bare walls and a clinical feel. The makeover has transformed the area with colourful themed artwork on the walls and across the doors, which run the full length of the corridors.
Triage room: Another room which got a totally new look, was the triage room. As a new room to the PAU, it was small, dull and very uninviting for the little patients that would visit. Despite it being a small space, the artwork on the walls has opened it up, with a warmer, welcoming look.
Play area:The play area was a really key space to work on, being a main focal point for the department. It felt a bit tired looking, poorly lit and haphazard. It was also important to address the fact that on weekends, when the play room itself was closed, this area becomes a space that children and their families looked to for respite; so it was given a total transformation. The new area is colourful and welcoming; featuring interactive play panels, a sectioned-off play area, a central column with fun distorting mirrors and seated surround, as well as a wonderful interactive, sensory wall.
"When the playroom is shut, we have lots of children (and their parents) playing in this area. It's made such a difference, and is also now a really great place for siblings to be able to come and play in too" Julie and Gary, Kingston Hospital Play Therapists.
Dolphin End Bay: The bay at the end of Dolphin ward is a treatment waiting area, and families could find themselves here for up to 12 hours a day, whilst their child is being treated. The refurbishment allowed us to brighten the space and add in some child and adult friendly comfortable seating.
“Thank you so much to the Momentum team for your fantastic work. The ward looks bright, colourful and child-friendly. Patients, parents and staff have commented on the creative surroundings that make the ward look great.” Claire Murphy, Paediatric Matron Kingston Hospital