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Something fishy going on in day theatres - staff paint underwater mural to put youngsters at ease

Youngsters undergoing operations in day surgery theatres at Poole Hospital now have a tranquil and relaxing seascape mural to wake up to thanks to a talented group of theatre staff.

Louise Nock, acting recovery sister, and Vicky Pallett, children’s nurse, came up with the idea to brighten the children’s recovery area and chose an underwater scene, complete with fish, starfish, jellyfish and even a diver, to compliment the jungle mural in the reception area.

“We wanted to provide a welcoming and relaxing environment and the team thought a seaside theme would be perfect,” said Louise.

“It was a great team effort and all the staff got involved, even those who weren’t confident painting.

“We see a lot of children in the department, which has its own dedicated paediatric area, and thought some nice artwork on the wall would be a welcome distraction for them until they are ready to leave us.

“Children and their parents think it’s brilliant and we’re very pleased with the reaction.”

The paints were donated by Homebase, in Branksome, and the mural was completed in March.

Date: 4 April 2012

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