Artistic ideas from school pupils are helping to inspire the design of Bradford Royal Infirmary’s new children’s wards.
The wards will be based in the hospital’s new £28 million wing which is on target to open by the end of the year.
A focus group of pupils is working alongside the new wing’s interior designers, Gilling Dod, and special attention is being given to the new adolescent/teen room and how it will feel and look.
Consultant Paediatrician, Simon Frazer said: “We aim to make the new paediatric wards a “home from home” environment, in what can be a worrying time for children and their families. We believe it is so important that the children, their parents and carers have an environment which is as comfortable and relaxing as possible in order to speed up recovery during what can be a very difficult time.
“We have been blown away by the ideas generated by the pupils. They have demonstrated an incredible creative flair that has inspired the design, look and feel for the new wards.”
When the students heard about the new wing being built at BRI, part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, they decided they wanted to be involved.
They discussed how important it was for children and young adults to feel at home and comfortable while spending time in hospital – often for long periods.
The link between BRI and Bingley Grammar School was made thanks to Mr Frazer who spoke about the new development at a school transition event.
Last year 300 pupils, aged 11 and 12, took part in a 5km sponsored walk around the grounds and wooded area of their school in Keighley Road, raising more than £4,000.
The funds will be used to enhance the new children’s wards, contributing to specialist equipment for a multisensory room for children with complex needs, enhancing a multifunction room for dining and play as well as adolescent rest facilities, and ensuring each bed station is as homely as possible.
Dr Frazer added: “The support of Bingley Grammar School is outstanding and the children and staff should be really proud of all their efforts. We are really excited to see the designs that the focus group comes up with.”