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Youngsters show their style on ward ceiling

Press release – November 10 2017


Youngsters show their style on ward ceiling

Young patients at Hereford County Hospital have been brushing up on their style to leave their mark on the children’s ward before they go home.

With colourful murals on the wall, the ceiling in the children’s ward was looking a bit bland…until a couple of years ago.

That was when hospital play specialist Sarah Brotherwood had the bright idea to invite young patients to paint a ceiling tile.

Since then 200 colourful ceiling tiles have been painted by children for patients to stare at when they’re lying in their bed or needing some distraction from treatment.

“I am glad this project has been so popular,” said Sarah as she helped Tia Robinson mark a milestone in the project – painting the 200th tile.

“The colourful tiles have created a lovely feel to the ward, the colours are beautiful.

“I’ve really enjoy painting the tiles with the children; it’s a great 1-1 activity for play specialists to do with their patients,” added Sarah.

The first ever tile to adorn the ceiling was painted with help from Hereford City Football Club players and the youngest patient to have their work on display was just ten months old.

“The oldest relative to help paint a tile was 87, so it’s something which has caught the imagination of everyone on the ward – we’ve had hundreds of positive comments,” said Sarah.

“The idea for the tiles came when I was sat with a young patient having a procedure. He was lying on his back and all he could see was the plain white ceiling.

“The tiles are a great distraction and families often wander around the ward looking at all the different tiles.

“As well as that, painting the tiles help our patients to feel part of the ward. They enjoy telling their friends and family about their tile and often go and find their particular tile if they ever visit the ward again.”

Once the ceiling on the children’s ward is full, the plan is to add a splash of colour to the ceilings in other areas of the hospital.

Sarah added that as they tiles are so popular with children, they’re always in need of more paints and brushes.

“We welcome donations – we just need to make sure the paint is child friendly and non-toxic.”

If anyone wants to make a donation of paint or brushes, they can contact the children’s ward through the hospital switchboard – 01432 355444.


Pic caption:

Play specialist Sarah Brotherwood helps Tia Robinson paint the 200th tile for the ceiling of the children’s ward at Hereford County Hospital.


Notes to Editors WVT:

  • Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider of health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve.
  • By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
  • With an estimated annual turnover of around £180 million, we employ around 3,000 staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.

For further information please contact:

John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Amanda Millichip, Communications Officer 01432 355444 ext. 5105.

Contact Details

John Burnett
Communication and engagement manager
Tel: 01432 372928

Amanda Millichip
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105

Fiona Gurney
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105


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The County Hospital
Trust Headquarters
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