At UCLH, Each year, over 25,000 babies, children and young people visit the Emergency Department (ED) for emergency nursing and medical care. At the moment this area is gloomy, uninspiring and has a very clinical feel, though, we aspire to create a special area to help children and young patients feel more at ease when they attend. This is ‘above and beyond’ what the NHS can fund.
The project will create a healthcare environment that incorporates art, play areas, soft furnishings and lighting design to create a warm and welcoming space where young patients feel more at ease. This could help distract them from their situation, avoid the need for heavy anaesthetics and allow staff to focus their resources on the greatest need. It will also help to alleviate the anxiety and worry of young patients and their carers when visiting the ED and help to improve the overall patient experience.