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Tired waiting area will become relaxing refuge for patients

A grant from UCLH Charity will fund the refurbishment of the surgical admissions unit and this could improve the patient experience for patients approaching surgery.

A warm and welcoming environment helps patients to feel calm, relaxed and well cared for and this can significantly enhance their recovery after surgery.

UCLH Charity is committed to helping provide our patients with a positive experience whilst they are in hospital and regularly awards grants to ensure that this happens.

This year, the charity is supporting the surgical waiting area at UCLH by funding its refurbishment. Originally designed as an outpatient facility, until now it has not been updated to serve its new purpose. The grant will mean that the tired waiting room décor will be upgraded to create a modern and relaxing refuge where patients can ease their way into surgery.

Decorative elements will include artworks and warm lighting to create a new, fresh feel. This will complement comforting characteristics such as soft furniture, and a music stereo playing calming music. Games and reading material will also provide a welcoming distraction to help reduce anxiety for patients.

Viki Mitchell, Consultant for Theatres and Anaesthesia, says, “Surgical patients often feel stressed before their procedure and this is a particular problem if they have a long wait. We hope that the new facilities will make them more feel more relaxed and comfortable.”

The refurbishment will be phased to minimise disruption to the clinical services and should be completed by 2019.

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