Hospital Ward Makeover

Hospital Ward Makeover

Over the past 2 months six students from Sixth Form have been working hard behind the scenes, planning a makeover with a difference. They had been set a challenge to transform a patients’ day room, in a busy oncology ward within Derriford hospital. The room is used by patients and their families to break away from the busy ward, to relax and spend quality time together. Some of the patients are undergoing treatment for cancer and some are terminally ill.

Throughout the planning process, the team involved were contacting local businesses for donations. They also ran appeals within the local paper, to gain further support from members of the public. This proved a great success and they were able to secure large items such as a television, blinds, coffee table, book case, computer and computer desk. They were also given a budget of £1500 of Government funded revenue through social enterprise, which enabled them to buy things such as a sofa and soft furnishings.

The team quickly learnt about finance and budgeting, through working with the team from Wiser Wonga. The process made them think more about how to handle money and the cost of things.

At last the 2 day challenge arrived and the team had all of their equipment and goods ready to go. The morning of day 1 was spent preparing the room and making the walls ready to paint. In the afternoon things really started to take shape as colour was applied. Day 2 was the most exciting part of the transformation when furniture started to arrive. Soft furnishings were also placed around the room including flowers, cushions and candles. This altered the entire look and feel of the room, changing it from cold and sterile to warm and cosy.

The reaction at the end of the transformation could not have been better. Patients and staff flocked to their new space where we held an informal opening ceremony attended by the Chief Executive of the hospital.

Plans are now under way to change another room within the ward in the autumn, which is used by patients in their last stages of life.

Mrs Slater
(Careers, Events and Marketing Coordinator)

Thank you

Dear Mrs Brett,

I wanted to email you to praise the fantastic work undertaken on Brent ward, Derriford Hospital, by a member of your staff and students.

On 29th & 30th March, Sarah Slater and a team of students from Sir John Hunt, worked tirelessly on Brent ward at Derriford to undertake a complete ‘make-over’ of our patients’ day room. Sarah and the girls had spent several weeks previously discussing how we could make our day room both dementia and patient friendly. On a previous visit to the hospital, I took the girls along to visit other wards and from this, they developed their own, wonderful ideas on how they could improve our day room on Brent Ward. Over the course of 29th & 30th, the girls and Sarah worked so hard but during that time, gave no interruption to patients and visitors, other than to smile at them and share what they were doing. After they had finished their work, the girls cleared away absolutely every single scap of rubbish / furniture packaging before providing a wonderful ‘Opening Ceremony’ which was enjoyed by patients, the Chief Executive of Derriford and the Head of Cancer Services in Plymouth, to name a few.

The girls were a credit to your school and I’m sure you would have been proud if you could have seen them working and talking with patients, some of whom are terminally ill or under-going cancer treatments. They were a pleasure to work with both before and during the project. The finished room is a complete transformation which is now being enjoyed by patients, relatives and patients waiting for beds on the ward.

On behalf of all of our patients, relatives and members of staff, I would like to say thank you for allowing your students and staff to work at the hospital. If other students and staff at Sir John Hunt are as enthusiastic and hard working as Sarah and her team of students, then you have a school to be proud of.

Best wishes

Jan Deering
(Staff Nurse, Brent Ward, Derriford Hospital)