‘Pictures on walls’ may not be the first thing you think of when considering what strategies you can use to improve healthcare environments for patients, visitors, and staff. However, using graphic imagery, in a wide range of formats (there is much more to it than pictures on walls!), has a proven positive impact in these types of spaces.
Swapping cold and clinical for vibrant and inspiring
Few people relish a visit to hospital, regardless of the reason, and a stark, clinical looking environment can compound feelings of anxiety. Covering entire wall spaces with images such as interesting vistas and scenery can make the space feel less daunting and, instead, fill it with intrigue and beauty. It can also aid in a very functional way too, making aspects like wayfinding easier.
Creating better outcomes
Patients who feel calmer and more reassured tend to have more positive experiences in hospitals and there is evidence that shows a clear link between certain types of imagery and reductions in stress and anxiety. This forest scene that we installed in a radiology department, is explicitly designed to create a feeling of tranquility and, therefore, make the process easier and more efficient.
An improved space for staff as well
While it is important to create positive environments for patients and visitors, the people who work in healthcare deserve equal consideration. We have undertaken projects at Bradford Royal Infirmary to add stimulation and joy to staff areas, such as beautiful, exotic landscapes in staff kitchens and installing the flags of all 72 nationalities who work in the hospital: a scheme that celebrates diversity and inclusivity as much as it adds colour and interest all around the hospital site.
Talk to our specialist team
Our in-house Graphics team has unrivalled experience in Healthcare graphics. Contact Tony Stead for more information.