Funded artwork has calming presence on cancer patients

Patients at the Leeds Cancer Centre have been overwhelmingly positive in their response to new artwork that has been funded by Leeds Cares. The artwork, positioned in the waiting areas and treatment rooms of the radiotherapy department was designed to brighten up the patient environment and help them feel calmer before treatment.

The artwork cost around £6000 to produce and was put up in early 2018. Since then radiotherapy staff have been gathering patient feedback about the change. Of those surveyed, 82% said the environment felt welcoming with the new artwork and more than half of patients said it made them feel comforted. The artwork is a selection of tranquil Yorkshire scenes, from seaside towns to fields of lavender. This was also reflected in the survey results with 70% of respondents saying the artwork made them feel peaceful.

Hazel Rodger, Head of Radiotherapy at the Leeds Cancer Centre says that having patients who are calm and relaxed before treatment is incredibly important. “As you can imagine, being treated for cancer is not an easy thing to deal with so improving the patient environment is really vital in order to improve psyche and general wellbeing. In addition to the psychological benefits it is important patients can stay still and maintain the treatment position as radiotherapy is such a targeted treatment, if a patient is relaxed and able to lie on the machine in a calm manner then the treatment can be delivered more quickly and easily.

“We’re delighted with the artwork and are really grateful to Leeds Cares for funding it for us. Changes to patient environment make a huge difference so it’s fantastic that we have a charity partner here at the hospital who can help us deliver them.”

Yorkshire scenery artwork