Having an operation in hospital can be an anxious time for anyone, let alone a young child.
But children waking up in the recovery area of the paediatric surgical day unit at The James Cook University Hospital are now being greeted by some very familiar faces.
Among the new murals adorning the walls of the recovery unit are Percy the Park Keeper and Kipper the Dog!
The story book environment, which also features moving images projected onto the ceiling, was inspired by paediatric anaesthetic consultant Amy Norrington who wanted to create a comforting environment for children and young people who have to use the service.
The project has been successfully brought to life thanks to educational funding – generated by David Ferguson, consultant paediatric orthopaedic surgeon – and the creative talents of artist Lindsey Coxon of Custom Murals.
“The feedback has been fabulous, the children have all loved it,” said Amy.
“The recovery unit has been painted beautifully by Lindsey to enhance the theatre journey for all of the children and young people we care for.
“It provides a familiar, calm and comforting environment in which to wake up with the added benefits of an armchair where our staff can comfort children and a projector to allow patients to watch colourful images above them as they wake.”