An application was made to purchase a number of pieces of art for Teddington Memorial Hospital in order to enhance the environment for patients, staff and the public.
The funds were used to purchase 30 varied pieces of art, ranging from original paintings and commissioned graphic design, to historic photographs and prints of the area.
Visitors to the hospital will be able to see the artwork on display in many different areas of the hospital, including the inpatients unit, outpatients waiting area, the hospital’s day room, the upstairs rehab corridor, the pharmacy waiting area, amongst others.
A priority of the project was to display artwork within the hospital’s inpatient unit, which hosts up to 50 in patients undergoing rehabilitation - many of whom suffer from dementia - in order to improve their experience and stay at the hospital in what can often be a distressing and confusing time for our elderly patients.
Trust Chairman Stephen Swordssaid: “All of the items purchased for the collection were carefully selected by our patients and staff with the aim of enhancing the hospital’s environment.
“We are aware that patients often feel apprehensive when visiting hospitals so we felt it important to create a calming and attractive environment through art. The project has certainly transformed the hospital and has improved the environment and experience for our patients, staff and visitors.”
Local artist Jill Storeysaid: “Art has a profound effect on patients’ experience while - it makes hospitals less institutional for patients. Much of the artwork here is of local scenes that will be familiar to local people, so visitors can really relate to the views as they are places they will know well.”
Betsy Lewis-Holmes from The Arts Service at Orleans House Gallery said: “Clinical research published in 2004 by the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, has shown that the placement of art within healthcare environments provides a reduction of anxiety, stress and depression for patients, staff and visitors.”