Patients who require enhanced care and intensive support can expect an even better level of care thanks to the creation of a new activity room at a local hospital.
The University Hospital of North Tees’ new Bluebell Suite is open to patients who require enhanced care support. It is a safe place to take part in supervised therapeutic activities.
Enhanced care patients can include those with dementia, suffering from confusion or alcohol withdrawal among many other conditions.
The calming environment of the suite features books, board games, a TV, music and even a ‘magic light table’. This projects various images and games which can be interacted with, such as a football game.
Our new Bluebell Suite – an activity room for our enhanced care patients
Enhanced care and activity room coordinator Nicola Murphy would like to show you the new Bluebell Suite:
Hi, my name is Nicola Murphy, I’m the enhanced care and activity room coordinator.
So we’re here today just to show you our new Bluebell Suite which is for our patients to offer them a different environment to the ward.
So we kind of want to engage in different activities so we’ve got our interactive magic table.
We’ve got music, colouring, dominoes, all kinds of different games and activities up here in the Bluebell Suite.
The suite also provides a welcoming space away from the ward for chat and relaxation. It can be booked for individual patients who require one-to-one support as well as larger group activities.
Occupational therapist Nicola Murphy is the Trust’s enhanced care and activity room coordinator. She said: “Each patient will be assessed to make sure we set them the right activity to improve their physical and mental health.
“The activities will be a challenge, offering mental as well as physical stimulation, helping to reduce isolation and boredom, but they’ll also be fun.
“Patients will be able to spend time in the activity room, socialise and have a bit of fun. Our hope is that this will make being in hospital more pleasant.
“The suite room will play a vital part in their ongoing care while in hospital.”