Multi-sensory design and distraction imagery: Alexander Hamilton, Dr Oli Mival and DKAV
Building on the success of the ‘Secret Garden’ installation at the current RHSC, three rehabilitation rooms have been identified across the new RHSC and DCN. These rooms are suitable for immersive interactive technology aimed at enhancing therapeutic benefit. A team headed by artist Alex Hamilton and Dr Oli Mival from the Napier University’s Centre for Interactive Design are developing a sophisticated technology platform which will enable clinical staff and patients to engage with a number of apps through interactive projection. The team are also developing a projection system for many treatment rooms throughout the hospital which will offer tailored video projections for interest and distraction whilst patients are undergoing a test, examination or procedure.
This project enhances the immediate patient environment within each shared or single room through providing the ability for patients to control lighting and temperature along with access to screen based creative content and distraction. Independent audio visual consultant Derek Kemp (DKAV) is currently supporting the team to develop the best approach to providing a versatile patient entertainment system.
Sanctuary and bereavement services: Sue Lawty and Ginkgo
The interior design of the RHSC and DCN prayer/meditation/reflection space includes an outdoor courtyard. It’s known as the ‘Sanctuary’, designed by Sue Lawty, will be implemented by Ginkgo Projects. Sue has also created a subtle and sensitive design for several rooms within the two Bereavement Suites. The design focuses on qualities of natural materials and a balance between privacy and openness for each space which reflects Sue’s own work using textiles and natural materials.
A strong preference for an exclusive adolescent space within the new hospital has been identified through consultation with young people. Design team Dress for the Weather have received an extended commission to enhance the interior design of two exclusive adolescent spaces.
CAMHS enhanced group areas and bedrooms: Projects Office
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services department will be on the ground floor of the new hospital, with access to several external courtyards. Design team Projects Office have been appointed to enhance the interior design of the communal areas as well as to create opportunities for patients to personalise their bedrooms during their stay. The team have undertaken lengthy engagement with patients, families and staff, facilitated by artist James Leadbitter. One key theme that emerged as a common response to the question ‘What does good mental health feel like?’ was the environment of the seaside and coast. Projects Office have worked to develop a design which centres around this theme.
RHSC and DCN interview rooms, sitting rooms and drop in centre: Dress for the Weather
Design team Dress for the Weather have also been commissioned to develop an enhanced interior design strategy for the interview rooms, the sitting rooms within the new RHSC and DCN and also the RHSC drop-in centre. The interview rooms are an important and often sensitive environment, and the team have developed a subtle design which focuses on allowing users to feel both comfortable and secure. A theme has been developed for each of the sitting rooms, relating it to a more domestic counterpart. These include a games room, reading room, and solarium. The drop-in centre design is multi-functional, adaptable, homely, and will include bespoke patterns created with users and staff of the current service.
The Child Protection unit has been developed by design team Dress for the Weather in the new hospital. These rooms, which is designed for under 16 year olds are designed to act as both waiting/play/discussion spaces and as examination spaces.
RHSC Play and waiting area enhancement: Warren Design and Emily Hogarth
This project is working to upgrade the main RHSC waiting area which is called the ‘Pod’, along with the play, dining and waiting areas across the RHSC. This large and airy space is being developed by design team William Warren and Daniel Warren. The team are designing a number of bespoke furniture pieces, as well as features that include digital technology, activities for young people, and soft play. Artist Emily Hogarth works with a playful papercut style, and has been commissioned to create artwork for the Pod and other spaces.