There are a number of smaller needs that we are hoping to help Kingston Hospital with over the coming months, which are summarised below.

Creating a tranquil environment
With Kingston Hospital Charity’s support tranquil environments were successfully introduced to the six individual side rooms on Kennet Ward, one of the hospital’s elderly care wards, as part the ward refurbishment last summer.  The hospital is now seeking to create similar tranquil environments in the six individual side rooms on Hamble Ward, one of the respiratory wards, for the benefit of patients who are isolated or have learning disabilities, mental health, dementia or require end-of-life-care.

The aim is to use the senses of sight, smell and hearing to create a calming natural sanctuary, as these have been shown to promote well-being and for those patients not receiving end-of-life-care, reduce length of stay​. Each room will incorporate softer lighting, with dimming facilities, that includes a skylight above the bed; comfortable furniture; an aroma diffuser and Bluetooth speaker; wall artwork; and a noticeboard for pictures that resonate with the patient.

The cost of upgrading each side room to create a tranquil space equates to £3,000.

Audio visual equipment for the gathering room
The gathering room is a multi-purpose space, which can be used as one large space or two distinct areas, located in the hospital’s spirituality & wellbeing centre.  It came into service in mid-2019 and is now regularly used to host a range of activities, workshops, gatherings and events that support the holistic wellbeing of staff, patients and/ or patients’ families.  Some of the activities utilising this space include:  yoga workshops, exercise classes and 1:1 sessions for staff to assist with stress reduction and coping strategies; regular health and wellbeing workshops for staff on back care, maintaining healthy bones, wellbeing at work and personal resilience; the monthly bereavement café for bereaved patient families providing a space to talk about the pain of bereavement and to find mutual support and encouragement when it is most needed; Muslim Friday Prayers for staff and patient families who are on site visiting loved ones; and patient support groups, such as those for haematology patients and the ITU patients.

While this is now a valuable and much used space, there is a need to acquire portable audio visual equipment to ensure it can be fully utilised to support the array of holistic activities taking place.​  Funding of £3,900 is being sought to purchase a laptop, projector, screen, DVD/ CD player and speakers for the benefit of this multi-purpose space.

Rehabilitation Equipment for the surgical wards
The physiotherapy team are keen to develop a ‘mini gym’ in one of the surgical wards’ day rooms providing patients who have had a stay on the intensive care unit and those who have undergone surgery with easy access to rehabilitation equipment.  For these patients a long hospital stay may have meant they have become weak and deconditioned.   Providing rehabilitation equipment on the surgical ward to include a Motomed cycling machine, rehabilitation steps and some parallel bars, to be used with guidance from the physiotherapist, will improve a patient’s recovery, enabling them to get stronger, fitter and more independent, in preparation for discharge home.

The cost of purchasing these three items of equipment equates to £7,100.

Virtual reality mobile app and headset kits
Little Journey is an interactive, virtual reality (VR) mobile app designed to prepare children aged three to twelve years for day-case surgery. It enables children to ‘visit’ the day case ward, anaesthetic and recovery rooms and interact with staff and equipment they’ll see on the day of their operation – all in the comfort of their home through virtual reality.   Little Journey works to reduce anxiety levels by familiarising children to the hospital environments, equipment and staff before coming for surgery – so it is less scary on the day of their operation. The app can be tailored to Kingston Hospital so that young people can explore the actual rooms they’ll see on the day of surgery. There is a child’s version, as well as a young person’s version. Multiple pathways can be created.  It will be available in multiple languages with rewards and incentives to further engage children and aid their learning. This project has won multiple awards including the Innovation in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Award in 2018 and has been used in 16 countries around the world.  The company provide QR codes for each pathway which can be put in information leaflets, posters about the app or sent with invitations for surgery letters/ emails.

The head sets are another opportunity for young patients to access the virtual software, (which they can customise/ personalise) safely if/ when they choose to do so.

The cost of the software and 200 headsets totals £1,240.

Providing distractions for children in hospital
Although medical interventions can be used to manage pain for paediatric patients, distraction is a simple and effective technique that redirects a child’s attention away from the procedure(s) and helps them to concentrate on something else.  Distraction therapy is used by the hospital’s play team to try and ensure that the patient journey is as smooth as possible. Electronic devices are being increasingly used by children and young people and can provide an effective distraction.  We are now seeking funding to purchase four iPads for use by the play team or by the children themselves to play appropriate games, listen to songs and stories and view other child friendly content, whilst waiting or undergoing medical procedures.

The cost of the four iPads is £1,332.

If you are interested in in supporting one of these items, please click on Donate at the top of this page and remember to state which project your gift is to help.  Alternatively you can call 020 8973 5040 or email khft.charity@nhs.net.