KINGS COLLEGE HOSPITAL – Toni & Guy Ward
To transform a white clinical looking treatment area in a children’s ward – specialising in breathing, blood and cancer-related conditions – with child-friendly distractor imagery and décor that would appeal to all ages up to 17 years.
What we did:
We created scenes of London panning from day to night that were familiar, exciting and relatable to children, whether they are local or visiting the city for treatment. The finale was a vibrant fireworks display over a working Big Ben clock. As an additional distractor, black cats were incorporated throughout the scheme.
This is part of an on-going collaboration to enhance the healing environment throughout the hospital with money donated to Kings College Hospital charity.
"Distraction helps children as a coping mechanism for really stressful things, so having imagery on the walls allows a way to do that without any extra resources. I might ask the child to tell me what colours they can see in the fireworks or how many cats they can see - it’s just picking out things and encouraging them to see what they can find to help them focus on that, rather than on their procedure."
Cara Boyle, Play Specialist Toni & Guy Ward