£3 million worth of improvements to entrances and corridors at Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals has been unveiled.
Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust's Face Initiative, funded by a grant of Ł3.65million from Guy's and St Thomas' Charity, has redesigned and rejuvenated the main hospital thoroughfares.
â€śFor people who have to visit hospital, it's very important to be able to walk into a warm and hospitable environment and to be treated by staff in a friendly and caring way," says Steve McGuire, director of capital, estates and facilities. "The creation of a pleasing environment is more than bricks and mortar."
"The funding we have received from Guy's and St Thomas' Charity has allowed us to commission some of the very best designers to challenge the way things usually look in a hospital. Our new corridors, entrances and receptions are bright and airy – we hope patients and visitors will agree that they are much more pleasant."
The main St Thomas' Hospital corridor which links the hospital's reception to the wards has been revamped to improve the atmosphere and make it easier for visitors to find their way around;
Also at St Thomas' a new place for patients and visitors to relax has been created along the main corridor. This area has a stunning view of Parliament and the River Thames.
Over at Guy's Hospital the corridor which leads to the radiotherapy department at has been refurbished following feedback from cancer patients. The new corridor is full of colour with floor to ceiling pictures of leaves, bringing the 'outdoors' into the hospital.
The signage at both hospitals has been improved, and the Face Initiative also includes customer service training for hospital staff.