Using design to help ease the stress for children visiting the Paediatric Emergency Department at Kingston Hospital
An emergency visit to Kingston Hospital has been made less frightening for sick or injured children thanks to Momentum Children's Charity's colourful transformation of two areas within the Paediatric Emergency Department. The local charity, who support children with cancer and life-challenging conditions, has funded the refurbishments, with support from corporate partner XL Catlin, to reduce stress and provide distractions for young patients. The works, that were completed on 20th February 2019, include a refurbishment of the waiting area within the Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC), as well as a High Dependency Cubicle.
The aim of the refurbishments was to provide a warm, welcoming and child-friendly environment for families visiting the Emergency Department. The once blank walls are now full of colour, featuring animals and a beach scene. The charity also created a play area for younger children and provided a drawing/play table, chairs, toy trolley, bead maze and soft colourful cushions to help distract and calm. Momentum Children’s Charity has seen first-hand the impact a positive environment can have, and as such have a dedicated programme to make improvements to the children’s wards in local partner hospitals.
“The UTC waiting room is now a beautiful, cheerful place for the children to wait in. Gone are the plain, white walls. I can see the children and parents feel more comfortable in there now it looks bright and friendly.” Lindsey Maouhoub, Lead Advanced Clinical Practitioner, Emergency Department Kingston Hospital.
“We are so pleased that the refurbishments are already helping to improve the experience for children, and their parents, at Kingston Hospital. It can be incredibly frightening for children, but a bright and distracting environment can make a big difference.” Bianca Effemey, Founder and CEO of Momentum Children’s Charity.
We are currently raising funds for a major refurbishment project in Sunshine and Dolphin Children’s Ward at Kingston Hospital - updating and improving isolation and treatment rooms, waiting and play areas used by thousands of seriously ill children each year, including children with cancer. For this large project we are looking to raise £75,000 and we are seeking donations from individuals, companies and major donors. We receive no government funding and rely solely on donations. To donate click here.