New artwork, donated and printed by DCB Manchester, has been installed outside the children’s Observation and Assessment Unit at North Manchester General hospital designed to make attending more welcoming, less scary and fun.
The artwork has been co-produced with children and young people who have needed to use the children’s services at both North Manchester General Hospital (NMGH) and Fairfield General Hospital (FGH).
Kathryn Krinks, the Divisional Director of Nursing for the services, said it was really important that the children had their say.
“Many different children of all ages were invited to join in, the first group of children selected attended a weekend workshop to start the process off. This group of children all attend the Children’s Development Centre at FGH and have a diagnosis of autism or ADHD. “
“Creating an environment that meets the needs of our more vulnerable children ensures that we would be creating an environment that would be right for the majority of our children.”
Our children visiting the hospital had a chance to vote on their favourite colours and design, and they finally decided on a little girl, a little boy, a giraffe and a fish.
The artwork was printed at DCB Manchester’s Aspen print house at Trafford Park on a modern new machine that has helped to reduce the company’s carbon footprint.
Kevin Hart, the Production Director at Aspen explained:
“It has been a real pleasure helping to produce these important designs for the children’s ward North Manchester General Hospital.
“The speed of Canon Océ Colorado machine we used is incredible and it has made us more environmentally friendly because we have used it to replace four other machines.”
Kathryn Krinks added:
“We want our children’s services to be special, and for our children and their families feel safe.
“If we can make the children feel welcome from the first moment that they walk through our doors we are creating an environment that will help them to relax and feel better. Children will share their story of being in a hospital with their friends and describing the big yellow giraffe that welcomed them will help reassure other children that if they need to visit a hospital they do not need to be scared.”