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Blue sky thinking at Southend Hospital thanks to £3,000 donation

08 October 2014

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The radiotherapy department at Southend University Hospital have just installed the hospital's first 'sky ceiling' in the radiotherapy reception area.

The radiotherapy department at Southend University Hospital are exploring new ways to improve the patient experience and, thanks to a generous £3,000 donation from Thames Mouth Lodge, have just installed the hospital's first 'sky ceiling' in the radiotherapy reception area.

Sky ceilings are photographic illusions of real sky views that trigger beneficial relaxation responses for mind and body, transforming enclosed interiors into spacious-feeling and memorable environments.

Radiotherapy services manager, Nicolai Greet, said: "With patients always at the forefront of our minds, we always aim to make their experience at the hospital as calming as possible. When we became aware of sky ceilings and their calming benefits, we realised they could transform our radiotherapy reception area into a brighter and more welcoming space.

"The patients have been really positive about the sky lights and said it's nice to show that we are thinking of them." 

The installation might not have happened without the help from Thames Mouth Lodge, who are no strangers when it comes to donations, as Thames Mouth Lodge member, Peter Scott, explained: "Every few years we have funds to donate to our chosen cause and, this year, we approached the charitable arm of Southend University Hospital and offered our help.

"They suggested installing sky ceilings in the radiotherapy department, which appealed to our members, especially as some have had cancer. If the patients and hospital are happy, that's the most important thing - then its money well spent."

Because of the positive response from patients, the radiotherapy department hope to install more sky ceilings in other parts of the department including motion skylights featuring moving palm trees and parrots and even playable piano keys for children to enjoy.