New mural brings inspiration to Witney hospital staff room
There’s a bright and beautiful new look to the staff room at Witney Community Hospital in the form of a mural inspired by the wonderful work of NHS staff.
The new and uplifting artwork was created by local professional artist Dionne Freeman and co-designed with staff at the hospital.
Some of the features include clapping hands, a superhero facemask, and a rainbow to reflect the wonderful support staff have had from the public.
There is also a hand giving golden butterflies to represent some of the people who have raised money for NHS Charities Together and our own Oxford Health Charity, and the many people who have supported their local hospitals.
Angela Conlan Arts Co-ordinator for the project said: “The mural looks wonderful and I really hope it lifts the spirits of the staff for a long time to come.
“The room had just undergone a refurbishment with new furniture, white goods, and a coat of paint, but staff were keen to lift the feel of the room with art.
“Over the last few weeks we spoke with a number of staff about the design for the room and have been overwhelmed by the response to the finished project.
“Many members of staff have already mentioned about how they are going to use the staff room more now which was our overall aim for this project.”
The mural was organised by Oxford Health’s Creating with Care project which aims to improve the patient and staff experience through creativity at our community hospitals.
Julie Pink from, the Oxford Health Charity, said: “The money that people raise for NHS staff makes a massive difference, especially now when they have been working so hard for so long.
“This mural will make the staff rest area brighter, more welcoming and hopefully inspire our teams for many years to come.
“It has already inspired several other teams to think about how the past year can be remembered in their locations and we look forward to working with Creating with Care to bring these ideas to life.”
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Published: 10 March 2021