Research has shown that art is an effective way to encourage and motivate patients in their pathway to recovery from a range of conditions and injuries, and helps create care environments that enable health and social care settings to be more stimulating, comforting and supportive spaces.
Patients and staff on Hurley ward at the Royal Berkshire Hospital were delighted when artist, Luke Trimmings, paid them a visit and transformed the walls in their therapy room with a set of three murals depicting a cascading waterfall, fluffy clouds and blue sky behind a blossoming tree and a mountain landscape.
Luke, who was born at the Royal Berkshire in 1984, created the themed artwork using a combination of styles, including spray painting, a paint pen and paint brush.
Although now living in Bournemouth, Luke was delighted to be asked to come and paint a scene that patients can enjoy while undergoing their therapy.
“Art can have such a powerful influence and I wanted to design something that would inspire and encourage, but also create an ambience of tranquillity and peace for patient’s carrying out their rehabilitation therapy,” explained Luke.
“I’m a firm believer that art will make you live longer, so it was a real pleasure to do this for everyone who uses the therapy room.”
Clare Manneh, Matron on Hurley ward said “We had wanted to find a way to brighten the therapy room for a while, and when our physiotherapist, Marnie Joyce, contacted Luke through a mutual friend, he kindly offered to help create a more stimulating and inspiring environment for our patients.
“The painting has completely transformed the area, and feedback from our patients has been very positive. It was a delight to have Luke with us and watch the design unfold. On behalf of the Hurley ward team I would like to say a huge thank you to him.”