17 July 2018

Photograph: Barts CEO Alwen Williams with  ELFT's CEO Dr Navina Evans by the Hope Wall

The country's first A&E mental health room has opened at The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, East London.

The award-winning new room that will support people who attend A&E in distress. It was opened on 10 July 2018 by Barts CEO Alwen Williams and ELFT's CEO Dr Navina Evans.

The RAID team and A&E staff worked with artist Mike Miles and service users to design and transform a room into a calm place of safety for people experiencing mental health distress.

The room’s ambiance will serve to keep patients safe and calm when they are in distress . Keeping patients calmer will mean that staff are less likely to suffer from abuse and violence.

In a creative and integrated approach, charity Vital Arts worked closely with East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) and Tower Hamlets Working Together Group to commission artist Mike Miles who used research-based design to create the important space.

Miles met with service users over a number of sessions to fully understand the individual needs of those who manage mental health issues.

Rikke Albert, Nurse Consultant for East London NHS Foundation Trust, is thrilled with the room and thinks it will play a crucial role in supporting people who present in A&E in despair or distress.

The project won the East London Foundation Trust Chief Executive 2017 Award and was shortlisted for the ELFT People’s Participation Ward 2017.

About Vital Arts
Vital Arts is the arts organisation for Barts Health NHS Trust, one of the largest NHS Trusts in the UK, charitably funded to deliver arts projects for the wellbeing of patients, staff and the wider hospital community.

 

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