Pupils from four primary schools have unveiled artwork designed to celebrate the building of the new Victoria and new Stobhill Hospitals, on special hoardings outside the new hospitals’ construction sites.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde in partnership with Balfour Beatty Construction Ltd, Art in Hospital and the Scottish Arts Council sponsored a project involving pupils from Battlefield and St Bride’s Primary Schools at the new Victoria Hospital and Auchinairn and St Martha’s Primary Schools at the new Stobhill Hospital.
Pupils worked with patients from the Mansionhouse Unit at the Victoria Infirmary to discuss health learn about the experience of older people in hospital and learn about the future role of the New Victoria Hospital. At Stobhill, the school children worked with patients from wards 45 and 46. This work used art as a means to learn more about the experience of older people in hospital and the future role of the New Stobhill Hospital.
A series of 8 workshops in painting and drawing for each of the two hospital projects gave the older people and the children the opportunity to work together.
The state-of-the-art new Victoria will be one of the largest hospitals in Scotland covering four floors and an area the size of 30,000 square metres – the equivalent of five football pitches. It is expected to treat around 400,000 patients each year when it opens in 2009. It will provide a wide range of outpatient clinics, day surgery and diagnostic services and specialist health services such as cardiology, renal dialysis and gynaecology.
When the high-tech new Stobhill Hospital opens, it will be another of the largest in Scotland – covering four floors and an area the size of 30,000 square metres – the equivalent of five football pitches. 400,000 patients are expected to be treated there each year when it opens in 2009.
In addition to the existing outpatient clinics, day surgery and diagnostic services, the new Stobhill Hospital will also provide a number of specialist health services such as cardiology, renal dialysis and gynaecology. It will also have 12 short stay surgical beds, to enable clinicians to extend the range of surgical procedures offered within the new hospital. This will mean that more than 2,000 patients per year, who would otherwise have had to travel to other hospitals in the city, will now be able to have their treatment at the new Stobhill.
Both new hospitals will also include Minor Injuries Units which will be open between 9.00am and 9.00pm seven days a week and will be staffed by Emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENPs).
Andrew Robertson, Chair NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this project especially the school children.
“To hear how the pupils and patients have worked together on this project shows how health issues and the new hospitals themselves can help bring together the local community and bridge generation gaps. The artwork will brighten up the hoardings around the new hospitals and will mean that staff, patients and visitors alike will be able to view the excellent work produced by the local school children.
“The development of the new Victoria and new Stobhill Hospitals represents a significant investment in NHS services. It is evident from the scale of the hospitals alone that they will bring major improvements in health care locally.”
Barbara McEwan Gulliver, Artistic Director, Art in Hospital said: “Many exciting art works were produced from this project.
“What seemed like huge differences in energy levels and concentration between young and old began to even out and settle as the art workshops progressed. The older people increased in energy and liveliness while the children became more sensitive and patient towards the artwork and the older patients.
“This project shows that age or ill health should not be a barrier to participating in the arts and that this kind of collaboration across generations promotes positive health and well-being for those involved.”
Claire Curry, Head Teacher Battlefield Primary said: “The school is delighted to have taken part in this community project and are excited about the work being shared with commuters and passers by. The pupils found the project interesting and good fun and particularly enjoyed looking at all the other pictures.”
Maureen Russell, Head Teacher St Bride's Primary said: “Our pupils were involved in the Art in Hospital project last year and they all thoroughly enjoyed the project working alongside the artists and the patients from the Victoria’s Mansionhouse Unit. Each week pupils and patients worked together to design collage. It was definitely a team effort and I feel pupils enjoyed working with the elderly patients and they them selves loved having the children to chat to and work alongside.”
Mary McKee, Principal Teacher St Martha’s Primary School said: “Our school was one of the schools invited to take part in the above project. During the project the pupils experienced working with older people in hospital and had the opportunity to talk to them.
“The children and the elderly encouraged each other in their paintings and drawings. The patients were very welcoming and enjoyed the company of the children. Our pupils came to realise how lonely it can be for some elderly people in hospital and having the chance to work on the art project with the children was for some of them a very enjoyable experience.
“This was a great opportunity for our pupils, as future citizens, to make a positive contribution in their own community, to enjoy working with older people, and to see their combined works of art exhibited.”
“This was a truly worthwhile project. We are very proud of the pupils’ achievements and of the excellent way they represented the school. I would like to thank everyone involved for inviting us to take part.”
Joyce Barbour, Acting Depute Head Teacher Auchinairn Primary School said: “The pupils had brilliant fun and a great experience. They all found it really interesting to talk to the older people. The organisers looked after them all really well.
Notes to Editors:
www.nhsggc.org.uk/newstobhillhospital and www.nhsggc.org.uk/newvictoriahospital.
To view the artwork which is now up around the new hospitals visit:
Photographs of the unveiling of the School Children’s artwork and the latest computer generated images of the new Victoria Hospital are available from the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde press office on 0141 201 4429.