Hospital Ward Gets 1950's Makeover

Posted on Fri, 13/12/2019

A dayroom on a Gateshead hospital ward has been transformed into a 1950’s style sitting room to help create a relaxing environment where both patients and their relatives can meet.

Now instead of the usual hospital colours patients are transported back to a time when Newcastle United were regular FA Cup winners and Frankie Laine topped the charts.

The room is proving beneficial for a range of patients, including those with dementia or mental health problems. Now patients on the ward can enjoy the nostalgia of the 50’s which provides a calming setting, in an environment where both families and male patients can meet and spend time together.

The hospital charity has been able to fund the project after kind donations from the local families and the public.

Michelle Lewins, Senior Sister on Ward 23 said: “The new room looks amazing and is really popular with patients and families. It’s taken out the clinical white walls and replaced them with the vibrant colours of the 50's. Designed and brought to life by Custom Artwerk the new day room is designed to provide both a relaxing and inviting environment for both patients and their visitors.

“We’d had feedback that the male side of the ward could feel very dark and clinical at times so we really wanted to try something different. The male side of the ward does not receive much natural light and the day room did appear quite uninviting.

“We would like to say thank you to the families of Mr Andrew Blacklock and Mr James Lamb, for the donations to make this experience possible for our patients.”

QE Charitable Funds raises money to provide additional comforts, care or experiences for the direct benefit of patients and their families beyond that which the NHS provides.

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