For the older children we created a ‘chill out space’ with wall art designed by the patients as well as video games and their own streaming music system.
For very anxious children and those with additional needs we supplied a whole series of gentle films cut to calming music available on a portable device so they can be viewed anywhere in the hospital.
The long white corridors, linking the waiting areas to the theatres, were not child friendly and in some cases added to patient anxiety. To help combat this we created a totally immersive experience combining decorative wall art as well as a soundscape. Our countryside walk has been a huge hit with both the staff and patients. The artwork also includes visual games allowing opportunities for further distraction.
For the Ward Play areas we worked closely with the Play Therapists and Physiotherapists. We created a series of interactive randomised games and activities to encourage the children to become mobile following their operation.
Throughout the design and execution process, we worked closely with the Alder Hey staff making sure that we made the best use of our resources and most of all, that they got the best value for their money.