19th September 2014 – Nursery children choose emergency department wall images
Children from the on-site day nursery at Airedale Hospital helped Emergency Department consultants pick out their favourite image for the distraction walls in their new department.
The children told staff what they liked and disliked about each picture. The top four scene – a farm, a pirate underwater, a rainforest and a monster hospital – will be used when the new Emergency Department opens later this year.
The distraction walls will help children who are being assessed by taking their minds off where they are and any pain or discomfort they may have.
Alexandra Danecki, consultant in emergency medicine at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust said: “Distraction walls a great tool to help us assess children that come into the department. They can be used by parents, doctors or nursing staff to distract and entertain children during their assessment and treatment.
“The images encourage children to concentrate on looking for specific items ‘hidden’ in the pictures. There is good evidence that this type of distraction helps children relax and enables them to tolerate procedures with less anxiety.
“It was really useful to get the views of children on the potential images and hear what they thought, what they liked and disliked about the pictures and to see them from a child’s point of view.”
Earlier this year Airedale NHS Foundation Trust launched its Emergency Department Appeal, with the support of the Keighley News, which hopes to raise £100,000 for resources in the new unit.
For more information about how you can support the appeal visit www.airedale-trust.nhs.uk/charityor text EDAP50 £5 to 70070 to make a donation today. People can also donate online at www.justgiving.com/airedalehospitalemergencydepartmentappeal.