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Children’s unit given splash of colour with vibrant artwork

Walls, desks and doors on the Poole Hospital children’s unit have been adorned with decorative artwork to make the ward more welcoming for children and families.

The bright, vivid and colourful decorations were suggested by ward staff to give the unit a friendlier and less clinical feel and have been funded by donations totalling almost £4,000.

The donations were made by Rotary Club of Poole, a supporter of Poole Hospital Charity and a local branch of Rotary International, an organisation that provides humanitarian services.

The specially-commissioned artwork has been going up across the unit for the last few months.

Karen Fernley, matron for acute children’s services, said how positive the reaction has been. “Families have said that the decoration is a nice splash of colour that makes the ward more family-friendly,” she said.

“It has given the unit less of a clinical feel and an overall more welcoming experience for children.”

John Clement, joint president for the Rotary Club of Poole, feels the artwork makes “a tremendous difference.”

“We contacted the charity last year asking if there were any projects the club could get involved in and this one came up and we thought it was a great idea,” he said.

“The artwork looks lovely and I think it makes a tremendous difference as the environment of a ward is so important to a child’s health and wellbeing and, for me, the whole ambience of the unit has been instantly lifted.”

Poole Hospital Charity’s corporate fundraiser, Sara Fripp, said, “We’re thrilled that the Rotary Club of Poole is supporting this initiative.

“Its ongoing support has been instrumental in the project to improve the environment on the children’s ward.

“I’d like to pass on my huge thanks to the club and the artwork is already looking great.”

Image caption (L-R) Sara Fripp, David Hannington, operational manager for child health, Jo Staples, practice educator, Debbie Fleming, chief executive, John Clement, Babs Plumbridge, joint-president, Rotary Club of Poole, and Howard Llewellyn, community services chairman, Rotary Club of Poole pose, with the cheque and an example of the new artwork

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