Children share their vision for hospital improvements

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More than 220 children shared their visions for making the city’s hospital more child-friendly, and were recognised in a special ceremony.

The winning three pictures have been made into large posters, displayed around the hospital. Their ideas, along with the comments from other children, parents and carers, are being used to make a range of improvements in the hospital.

Almost 300 people took part in the “In Your Little Shoes” consultation, which also included a series of workshops and an online survey.

The winning children were Dervla Knibb, Louise Hammond and Phoebe Briggs. They were presented with prizes by the hospital’s Chairman David Wakefield. The judging panel included parents, children’s services staff and MK Arts for Health.

David Wakefield said: “There were some fantastic pictures and great ideas. Children will always tell it how it is.

“It was a pleasure to present the prizes to these young artists and I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part.”

Using the feedback, Milton Keynes Hospital will be making a number of changes including making children’s areas of the hospital more colourful and child-friendly, including looking at artwork, curtains and bedding.

They will also be reviewing the books and toys provided for older children and reminding staff how much children like to see them smiling.

They will soon start additional training in communication skills, review the written information provided to parents and make more fruit available for children in the hospital while also reviewing the children’s menu.

The full report is available at www.mkhospital.nhs.uk.

All the postcards are on display in the hospital’s Eaglestone restaurant until July 5.