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Transformative skies unveiled at North Midlands hospital

Royal Stoke University Hospital receives Living Skies

Transformative skies unveiled at North Midlands hospital

Friday 9 August 2019, updated Tuesday 20 August 2019

A pioneering multi-circadian Living Sky™ installation has recently been completed at the Royal Stoke University Hospital to aid patient recovery.

Sky ceiling with clouds and blue sky above bed
Living skies for Royal Stoke University Hospital of the University Hospitals of the North Midlands Trust

The project has been implemented in the critical care unit, which is positioned on a lower ground level with no access to natural light. Patients can now look up from their hospital beds to see beach scenes, blue skies or even fish swimming past.

The hospital, part of the University Hospitals of the North Midlands Trust, put some of the funds raised for the UHNM charity towards the project. It’s hoped to benefit the 1,200 people who are admitted to the unit every year.

The unit’s matron, Sandra Barrington, said: “There’s a strong evidence to support access to daylight, with a day and night cycle, reduces instances of delirium, stress and anxiety which is commonly seen in intensive treatment patients when they are coming out of sedation.

“We’re hopeful this installation will help to reduce the length of stay of our patients by improving their wellbeing and help them with their rehabilitation and recovery.”

The Chief Executive, Tracy Bullock, who visited the unit to see the new Living Skies, said: “These sky ceilings are hugely beneficial to the patients and staff. It has been fantastic to not only see them in action, but speak to patients about their benefit.”

Sky ceiling in intensive care unit to help patients relax
Window in CCU with green and red leaves
Living Skies controls at central nurse station

Six Living Sky™ units have been installed at the Royal Stoke University Hospital’s critical care unit, complete with multiple full-day replicating scenes. The project also features large-format touch screen controls at the central nurse station.

Together with the client and dedicated department staff, we have worked to deliver this cutting-edge solution that helps reduce the effects of delirium and psychosis in patients. We hope to work on many more projects like this and improve the patient and staff experience in healthcare centres across the country.

The story has been covered further by StokeonTrentLive, shown below.

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