Patients in Glasgow are for the first time being given a unique opportunity to choose the artwork they want to have beside their beds while they are in hospital.
“A Choice of Art” is project that has been launched at the new £19 million rehabilitation unit attached to the New Stobhill Hospital.
The project offers rehabilitation patients of any age a choice of 120 works of art to place beside their beds.
NHSGGC senior arts and health co-ordinator Jackie Sands explained: “Rehabilitation patients can potentially be in hospital for a considerable period of time. The new art project means they can chose a work of art to have in their room for the length of their stay or change the artwork when they want.
“Art plays a positive role in helping people maintain a mentally active and healthy life. It improves the patient experience creating an often needed sense of connection or distraction to help reduce anxiety, promote healing increase perceptions of care and feelings of wellbeing.
“General rehabilitation patients are encouraged by staff, friends and family to select a work of art for their room.
“They can choose from a wide range of artwork including pieces from all the major art schools.”
This project is part of NHSGGC’s commitment to improve a patients’ overall experience of being in hospital.
Stephen McDowall Laing, senior charge nurse at the rehabilitation unit, added: “This is a great project which is a real talking point for patients who always comment on the artwork, even if only to say they don’t like something!
“It’s a way of engaging them and can be really uplifting for patients.
“We find that the most popular artworks tend to be anything by local artists or photographs of local views or something they know. Of course the beauty of this project is that patients can change the artwork they have by their bed.
“It also really brightens up the ward for staff as well as patients.”
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