Patients, families and staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital came together on Friday 9 May to celebrate the opening of the hospital's spectacular seascape themed main reception.
The new area was designed with the help of children and families to offer a warmer welcome to visitors, and includes a reception desk shaped like a pirate ship, a revolving rock pool floor projection and a mural featuring a shoal of colourful fishes drawn by patients as part of the hospital's arts programme.
Great Ormond Street Hospital Patient Libby, 8, helped cut a special pirate ship cake to officially mark the opening. Libby is one of the patients whose artwork is featured in the reception.
Dr Cathy Cale, Co-Medical Director at Great Ormond Street Hospital, said: "This project was made possible by funding from Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity and the time, effort and energy of our fantastic staff, patients, families and carers.
"Together we have created the colourful and vibrant entrance we needed, reflecting our progress elsewhere to upgrade clinical facilities, improve our services and offer a friendlier welcome to alleviate the stress of coming into hospital."
Practical improvements in the new reception include a comfortable and colourful waiting area and new facilities for key services including patient advice and liaison, transport and accommodation services. The nautical reception desk will reduce waiting times by allowing staff to deal with multiple requests, and interactive wayfinding kiosks will help visitors find their way around quickly.
The reception is part of an ongoing programme of redevelopment at Great Ormond Street Hospital, replacing some of the hospital's oldest buildings with modern, world-class facilities. The next phase of redevelopment is the creation of the Premier Inn Clinical Building, due to open in 2017, which will include much needed new inpatient wards and operating theatres.
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