The soothing atmosphere of the oncology dream cave
The oncology unit in the Paediatric Department at Kingston Hospital is a specific, purpose-designed clinical area, devoted to the safe and efficient administration of chemotherapy. Its aim is to protect children from the risk of contracting infection inadvertently from other children and to minimise the disruption to their families’ lives by streamlining their visit to receive chemotherapy. The centre includes a two-bedded unit with a special waiting and reception area.
A great deal of thought was given to the design of the area to ensure that it is both comfortable and relaxing. The idea implemented through its design was to soften the usual clinical hospital environment, whilst maintaining a high standard of clinical excellence.
The unit was designed by Amanda Dazeley and built by Kingston based company O’Neill’s. It is based on the theme of a giant adventure story with a treasure map and a pirate galleon! The oncology room itself is designed as dream cave full of sparkle and colour.
Above and bottom: Following Momentum's transformation
Below: During transformation
Whilst Joseph was having his treatment, we end up visiting and staying in many different hospitals. We can safely say that Kingston Hospital was the most "child friendly" out of them all. For children to be able to be treated in a bright, stimulating environment has an ever-lasting effect on how they persevere and cope with treatment. I remember Joseph being very scared of having the needles put in for his port, however the distractions or even just the thought of being able to come to the play room at Kingston Hospital, put the fears far from his mind.