Refurbished GP Spinal X-ray department

GP spinal waiting area with woodland artworks.

The waiting area and entrance to GP Spinal X-ray has been transformed to provide a fresh, welcoming environment for the many patients who come through the department. Simon Clarke, Lead Radiographer said, "Our GP & Spinal department was drab and tired, with mismatched old chairs, poor patient information, limited signage and no visual identity. The support and funding from The League of Friends was vital in enabling us to make much needed improvements to our department. Following the successful bid, we worked closely with ArtCare who have completed an amazing transformation."

League of Friends logo

New furniture, forest-themed artworks, coloured ceiling tiles and bright, clear signage has created a unique identity for the department. Simon added, "We can now provide a welcoming environment to match the high clinical service we supply. Itís also had a very positive effect on staff, as well as patients, who are now saying - it looks amazing!"

Hoodwink in hospital

Boy blowing paper boats during Hoodwink's encounter by the bedside Hoodwink logo

Hoodwink, as part of a specially commissioned project funded by Arts Council England and Salisbury Independent Hospital Trust, have been gently interrupting the hospital day, sweeping in wind and waves, birdsong and boats and creating surprise encounters by the bedside.

The 10-20 minute sequence of events unfold around the patient and use music, sounds, special effects, the odd dance step and gentle fun to engage. Encounters have taken place on wards at Salisbury District Hospital, as well as Yeovil, Dorchester, Basingstoke & North Hampshire and Chelsea & Westminster hospitals. More images >

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Open exhibition

ArtCare's annual Open is always the highlight of the exhibition calendar with good levels of interest and sales. Download your entry pack here (pdf)

Handing in takes place on: Saturday 21 April (10am-12noon) and Monday 23 April (10am - 4pm)

The Open exhibition is a great way to showcase your work with nearly 4000 staff and tens-of-thousands of weekly visitors seeing work along the hospital corridors. Remember too that all money raised from entry fees, as well as commissions on sales, supports the ArtCare project which is funded by charitable contributions.

Calendar of events

View details of all our upcoming exhibitions, workshops and activities including the healthcare history project

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