Using art to improve the environment in Derriford Hospital

ContactKaren Grimshaw, Associate Director of Nursing/Nurse Consultant Older People, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
AddressDerriford Rd, Crownhill, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 8DH

What is being done?

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust is using large photographs on walls, doors and corridors to improve the quality of care for people living with dementia whilst in Derriford Hospital.

The photographs are of of local views, well-known landmarks and Dartmoor rivers and Tors. They decorate many of the public areas of the hospital and have been extended to the ward corridors, patient bays and on privacy screens. Many of the photographs have been taken by one of the consultants.

The project aims to alleviate anxiety for dementia patients undergoing clinical procedures, help orientate patients to the Devon/Plymouth area and form a focal point for discussion.

The principles of a Well Organised Ward (Productive Ward) are applied to the ward environments to  provide a clear uncluttered and safe environment for patients and ensure that the beautiful photographs are in full view as much as possible.

What is new and different?

The way that the Art in Hospital approach has been applied across all hospital areas, bringing a local feeling to the hospital.

What difference this seems to be making

  • The hospital environment projects an ambiance of calm but with a person-centred approach.
  • Patients and members of the public comment on the beautiful photographs.

Plans for taking the project forward

The Trust is continuing to roll out this approach – taking opportunities to extend the local approach to Art in Hospital.