Enhancing our healing environment

Back in April last year staff from across the hospice joined together to attend a session run by Hedley Finn and Sarah Waller looking at how we could enhance the healing environment here at St Christopher’s.

The highlight of the session for many was creating mood boards for different areas of the hospice which we all agreed could benefit from some TLC. Since then, various teams have been busy turning these plans into a reality and we’re pleased to share some of the developments we have planned for the coming months…

A warmer welcome

We often hear feedback from the patients we support about how apprehensive they felt about coming into the hospice for the first time. This is a really daunting experience for many and so we spent some time considering our Reception area and how we can ensure it is a space that is welcoming, comfortable and reassuring for the thousands of people who visit every year.

Over the next month or so you will start to see changes in this area with new artwork being installed that has been produced by patients and the Arts Team, warmer signage welcoming people to the hospice, a dedicated ‘What’s On’ board which can be updated on a daily basis to share news about the many activities on offer, comfier seating and a new artwork. Watch this space!

Rooms with a view

We also want to make sure that the environment in our wards is both calm and welcoming for patients and their families.

That’s why in the coming months meeting rooms, family rooms and social areas will be revamped with new sofas, blinds, cushions and lamps in a range of warm colours.

In addition to this, the Alex Ward family room will benefit from a restored fireplace, a mural and new seating; the City Ward meeting room is going to have new artwork based around the theme of nature; a large ‘Seascape’ themed artwork will be installed in the Rugby Ward meeting room and the social area will now feature computers, a coffee station and daybed style seating.