Improving the environment
Bright improvements for Todd Ward
A gift left to King’s in the will of a generous donor has supported refurbishments to Todd Ward, the unit which cares for patients with liver-related conditions and who are having liver transplants.
The gift of over £40,000 was given by the late Mrs Christine Caen. It’s helped to provide a vibrant new environment to the reception, side rooms and day room of the patient areas, as well as a fantastic revamp of the staff room.
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Enhancing the healing environment
Transplant patients are often in hospital for long periods of time, so a pleasant environment can make all the difference to their stay.
The new bright, welcoming spaces include bespoke blinds and artwork covering the walls and sliding doors in the patient’s rooms. The artwork has been specially chosen to enhance the healing environment and follows seaside and countryside themes.
Effective but affordable
The new improvements have been designed and installed by Sound Environments, a company focused on providing cost-conscious solutions to refurbishment. They worked closely with Natalie Huxtable and David Morrison, ward matron and charge nurse, to choose the most appropriate and inspiring artwork for the space. This was then digitally printed onto laminated surfaces, ensuring that infection control measures are met.
Thanks to these improvements, the rooms are brightened and much more stimulating for the patients,’ says David. ‘It’s a nice environment for them and their families, and a nice environment for us to work in as well. It’s also great as we didn’t have to close the beds for the work to be done, it was all completed with very little disturbance for the patients.’
Funding for staff training
The donation is also providing staff with the opportunity to attend mentorship courses. This training will give staff nurses the skills to work as mentors for student nurses, helping to increase their career development potential. It will also mean that the ward has capacity to take on more student nurses, ultimately benefitting staff and patients alike.
‘Donations like this one make a huge difference,’ says David. ‘We wouldn’t have been able to do any of this if it wasn’t for this gift.’
Above images: before and after of one of the patient rooms. Above right: Todd Ward reception area before the works and header image: Todd Ward reception area after the works
Leaving a gift in your will can be a wonderful way to give back, perhaps to show thanks for the care you or a family member has received. All gifts, no matter the size, make a real difference in helping us provide the best possible environment and care for our patients. Find out more about leaving a gift in your will to King’s College Hospital.