Leeds Cares funds calming artwork in High Dependency Unit at St James’s Hospital

The new artwork has helped ‘bring the outside in’ and make the unit feel a little less clinical.

Thanks to the generosity of Leeds Cares supporters, we have been able to improve several areas around Leeds Teaching Hospitals by installing artwork designed to make patients feel comfortable and at ease.

In the High Dependancy Unit (HDU) at St James’s, Leeds Cares funded artwork to help ‘bring the outside in’ and make the unit feel a little less clinical. Patients are admitted to the HDU for close monitoring when their condition requires a higher level of nursing care than on the wards. Patients can be admitted to HDU from A&E, theatre, medical or surgical wards, the Intensive Care unit and other High Dependency units.

Ward J81 didn’t benefit from much natural daylight and many patients weren’t able to see out of the windows. Julie Scholefield, Ward Sister on the HDU told us, “From day one, the artwork has totally transformed the look of the unit. Patients, relatives and staff all comment on how lovely it is. I feel it is more calming as it gives the unit a less clinical feel and enables the patients to see some natural views.”

Ward J81 admits around 120 patients every month, so this artwork will benefit thousands of patients and families each year

Julie has worked on the HDU since it opened, “I remember patients thinking they were in an aeroplane hangar! I don’t hear these kinds of comments anymore. Our turnover of patients is very high; we probably admit around 120 patients every month, so it benefits thousands of patients and families each year.”

The HDU are so pleased with the impact that this artwork, funded by Leeds Cares has had on patients, staff and visitors. J81 ward staff are now looking to transform other areas on the unit with matching artwork, including their relatives’ overnight room.