Great to take part in this event with critical care doctor, Edel Mcauley. We presented our work to a multi-disciplinary audience of over 400
Watching the colours of daylight – waking to some amazing mornings these February/March days. Clear skies and warm hues slowly changing to a blue-white light. In HDU at James Cook University Hospital, I am recreating this experience for a long-term patient who does not get to see the sky from her room. The shift in colour is working really well and the patient is enjoying the experience of sunset, too, each evening.
A light installation has been installed in critical care which creates an ambient light effect. It starts the day with a sunrise and changes throughout the day, ending in the warm light of sunset. This has received very positive responses from patients and staff. The installation will be extended next week so that others in the unit can benefit from this dynamic light effect. I also intalled a projector with a library of uploaded imagery and videos offering new views and a link to the outside world. Over the next months I will extend the installlations and explore their beneficial effects, seeking feedback from staff, patients and visitors.
This week, Dr Paul Chazot and I presented the project at the North of England Critical Care Network’s Annual Conference. We met consultants, doctors, nurses and others on the front line of critical care. Our ideas were very well received – the need for light, colour and beauty – a humanising influence on this stark clinical environment. I am working with a long stay patient in ICU and will be installing light and projected imagery very soon…