Our ambition is to create child and dementia friendly spaces and treatments rooms in our radiology departments at BRI and St Luke's together with clear wayfinding for all.
Our first phase will be to create a dedicated children's waiting area at BRI with child-friendly innovative toys and games.
We will also create a dedicated Snuggle Room for mums and babies who require MRI/CT scanning. This room will have a comfortable nursing chair, an additional armchair for parents and carers and with space for a pram/pushchair too. The room will have appropriate lighting to create a warm and friendly snuggle space for mums/carers to feed their babies prior to scanning. The aim will be to encourage baby to sleep during the scan reducing the need for a general anaesthetic (GA). This is less invasive for baby, enables scans to take place more quickly, and speeds up the results too.
Again to help reduce the use of GA during scanning for children - the installation of MRI relax and view for children's stimulation and entertainment during an MRI scan.
The second phase will concentrate on creating further radiology spaces and treatment rooms into family and dementia friendly spaces. As the BRI's radiology space is in the basement of the hospital with no natural light, skylights and wall decorations are to be added to treatment rooms to create warm and friendly treatment rooms bringing the outside in. These will then become less anxious spaces for all.
Alongside all the above, a clear way finding system for patients, their families and staff can help utilise to empower patients more. The design scheme will jigsaw into the design of the room and the Trust's way finding ambitions too.
St Luke's, although much smaller, will receive a similar make-over so all Trust patients will gain a much more enhanced radiology experience.