The Personal Touch: Academic Palliative Care Unit at The Royal Liverpool Hospital
Key features of the unit include a Family and Friends Suite, where difficult conversations can be had in a more private, relaxing environment, families and patients can spend time together, and families can stay overnight if needed.
Extra-special attention has been paid to the environment for patients, families and staff including the innovative use of colour on floors and furnishings, comfortable yet practical furniture, equipment to enhance meal times and personal care so patients feel secure and respected, and specially chosen artworks with a local Liverpool theme.
Designers Ali and Nick Munro were both keen to support this project and had a particular interest in health and wellbeing. Ali said, ‘Both our parents suffered and passed away from cancer, Nicks father 11 years ago and my mother sadly more than 30 years ago when she was in her 50’s. So we both felt very motivated to do the best we can for people in hat period of their lives and that we understood what can make a difference, using our skills.’ Nick added, ‘Our aim is to help create a refurbished Palliative care space, which sets a new international standard for patient experience.’
‘We only get one chance to get care right for people at the end of their lives and this unit is a major new milestone in us doing so. Getting the clinical and compassionate care we provide right is vital but it is not the only thing we can do for patients and their families. Making sure the design of the unit supports health and wellbeing for patients, families and, indeed, staff is a major innovation and one we are sure will be a major benefit for everyone.’
BCFA member Panaz fabrics were specified widely throughout the Academic Palliative Care Unit, with both Voyager and Highland specified for the upholstery of Teal and Lyndon furniture.
In 2014 Ali was also commissioned by the Trust to review and recommend a colour scheme Wayfinder for the new Royal Liverpool Hospital due for completion in 2018. This scheme provides an appealing and clear colour plan for visitors & staff to navigate around the new hospital with careful consideration given to the purpose of each floor and suitability of colour for patients with dementia and impaired visibility.
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