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Seaside feeling for stroke patients

The stroke unit at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital took on a seaside feel this week with the addition of some nautical themed artwork from local students.

Residents from Highcliffe School in Christchurch donated some specially designed art pieces to be displayed in the unit’s therapy garden, bays and therapy rooms.

Janet Ballas, art teacher at Highcliffe School, said: “The beach theme was one that the children put forward after spending time discussing what it would be like to be in hospital and doing some research about what it would be like to have a stroke.

“They thought it would be nice to bring some of the natural environment of Bournemouth into the hospital environment. Hopefully the patients can get some enjoyment from the work while they are there.”

The students have provided many pieces of art work to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital over the years, including work which is featured in the outpatients department and a panoramic photographic piece which was installed in the purpose-built unit before it was officially opened by Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of the NHS, earlier this year.

Clare Gordon, Consultant Nurse on the stroke unit, said: “We are aware of the positive impact of art on patients’ and carers’ mood while recovering from a stroke. These pieces really enhance the stroke unit environment – they are a great addition to some of the works already in place across the unit.

“We hope patients, their families and staff will enjoy them and that they have an uplifting effect on everyone who sees them.”

Hannah Rice, one of the students who presented the artwork to Trust staff, said: “It is so lovely to see our work being used in this way, and to see the end result.”