A Department of Health Grant, enabled parents-to-be and their new arrivals to benefit from a refurbished Labour ward, which is calm, soothing and clutter free.

ArtCare’s Penny Calvert designed the new look based on feedback from staff and parents. She explained how the elements of her design came together, “We chose interior finishes which are warm, stylish and much less clinical looking. Colour changing LEDs in the delivery rooms that parents can control has enabled them to personalise the birth experience. New bedside lockers and overbed tables look sleek and are easily cleaned and we chose furniture that is comfortable, and durable, but still attractive.”

Penny continued, “We fitted Altro Aquarius flooring in the rooms, which is safe for both mothers with bare feet and staff wearing shoes. Blinds were replaced with bespoke designed window film that created a sense of space, as well as being attractive and affording privacy. Finally, printed ceiling tiles, carefully chosen artworks and complementary signage, all inspired by nature, added colour and points of focus in the overall design. Parents-to-be now arrive on a ward environment, which soothes, relaxes and supports the delivery process, allowing them to focus fully on their new arrival.”