19th May – Help to brighten up hospital for patients
Airedale Hospital’s Emergency Department is looking for people to sponsor photographs to brighten up the walls of the department.
The photographs, which have been taken by NHS staff, will be displayed in the treatment rooms and corridors of the department to help create a calm atmosphere for patients and their carers.
Keen photographers, Ray Graham, a paramedic with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Andy Hutchinson, a phone technician at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, have donated their photographs to be used. The framed prints, which come in different sizes, will cost either £65 or £100, and will also have the sponsor’s name mounted in the frame.
Dr Meg Crossley, consultant in emergency medicine at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, has worked closely with Ray throughout the project and said: “There is a lovely range of photographs for people to choose from some of which will bring back old memories, which will be great for our butterfly room and patients with dementia, as well as some landscapes and local views.
“It will make a huge difference to our patients to have nice photographs to look at while they are waiting for their treatment; it can be very calming and help to take their mind off things.
“The first selection of photographs has just gone up and they look fantastic. We have had wonderful feedback from patients already but we still have plenty more walls to fill.”
Helen Jackson and her family chose to sponsor a photograph for the emergency department; she said: “We chose a photograph of the beautiful view from Lund’s Tower, overlooking the Craven Valley.
“My father was treated many times in Airedale’s A&E and always praised their friendly, professional and high standard of care, which is why we wanted to help other patients have a positive experience at the hospital.”
The photographs, which are available to sponsor, can be viewed on the Trust’s website at http://www.airedale-trust.nhs.uk/sponsor-a-photo/. If you would like to sponsor one of the photos, please contact Ray Graham, on either 07801 885 116 or email firstname.lastname@example.org,with the number of the photo you would like to sponsor and the size. The prints can be sponsored in either 4ft x 3ft or 3ft by 2ft sizes.