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Bringing the green green grass to grey hospital walls

Three nurses stand in front of the large countryside scene spread across the wall behind them.

Main image: From left, Discharge Liaison Nurse Julie Banfield and Emergency Department matrons Karen Thomas and Rachel Newton in front of the countryside scene.


A little bit of the outdoors is now inside Morriston Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) brightening the surroundings for patients and their families.

A giant vinyl wrap featuring an image of the Welsh countryside has been put up along one wall of the largest cubicle.

It was donated by a local company, which also hung it for free in just a couple of hours.

Matron Karen Thomas said: “We know how worrying it is for patients when they are admitted to the ED. Their family and friends can also find it a stressful place to be.

“Looking at the often very grey and dull walls around the department and in the cubicles can’t help, so we hope this small but generous gesture will help provide some distraction, maybe a talking point and help to relieve a little stress.”

Karen has worked with a number of colleagues to brighten up the cubicle, including bed site manager Tracey Devlugt.

Tracey said: “I’m a keen photographer in my spare time and Karen approached me and asked if I had any photographs that could go up in the department. So I’m going to select some images I have taken of snowdrops and daffodils and these will be hung on the other walls of the cubicle, which have been painted a calming green.”

“It’s been a true team effort,” added Karen.

“I’d also like to thank Dr Hannah Robinson, Kim Hampton-Evans, Glenda Morris and Philippa Bolton and especially Wezley Siddons and the team from Dragon Signs, who have been very generous.”

Mr Siddons said: “I couldn’t have been more eager to help. It’s so clear how much the staff care about their patients and want to do anything they can for them.

“The final finish really made a big difference to the space and we were very proud to have done even a small part to help this wonderful team who do such important work and give amazing care every day.”

Emergency Department matrons Karen Thomas, left, and Rachel Newton, centre, and Discharge Liaison Nurse Julie Banfield admire the countryside wall wrap, which has brightened up the wall of ED's largest cubicle. Credit: SBUHB

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