The project, generously funded by The Wisley Foundation, involved the refurbishment of one of the isolation rooms in the Paediatric Unit. Isolation rooms are used by children with cancer and long-term illnesses to receive treatment and they can often spend days in this environment. 

Research has shown that the physical environment can have a big impact on the healing process and well-being of patients and their families as well as for nursing staff. Momentum Children’s Charity has seen first-hand the impact a positive environment can have and as such have a dedicated programme to enhance the healing environment and make improvements to the children’s wards in local partner hospitals, including Epsom Hospital.

Momentum Children’s Charity worked closely with the clinical and estate teams at Epsom Hospital to transform the isolation room into a bright, child-friendly, calming environment for all. The designs depict a beautiful, tranquil meadow with butterflies, hot air balloons and rainbow. Beyond the design, Momentum Children’s Charity also considers practical improvements it can make, such as providing a mobile gaming unit and chair-beds for parents.   

Casey Ward Manager Karen Kilday said “Another fantastic refurbishment in one of our isolation rooms. The beautiful designs are a great distraction when children are undergoing treatment and they will help the entire family feel calmer and more cared for during their time at Epsom Hospital. We also can’t underestimate the effect the improvements have on our staff.”

Bianca Effemey, Founder of Momentum said “It’s great to have witnessed the relationship between Momentum Children’s Charity and Epsom Hospital grow over the last few years. We are very grateful to The Wisley Foundation for making this project possible, and are committed to continue working with the NHS Trust over the coming year on further exciting projects to enhance the hospital environment for seriously ill children and their families.”