Our vision is to enrich our patient, visitor and staff environment by working alongside departments and local communities to enhance our hospitals with inspiring visual design and creativity throughout Frimley Health.
With your help, we enrich the experience of hospital through art and design projects for our patients and visitors as well as supporting the mental well being of our staff. From transforming the hospital environment into more welcoming and comfortable spaces with beautiful works of art to providing music and craft activities that improve patients mood, well being and anxiety, Arts & Creative Health creates a stimulating and uplifting atmosphere for all.
Recent clinical studies show that placing art and creative health within a healthcare environment can reduce levels of anxiety, depression and stress as well as reducing a patient’s length of stay within the hospital. By making a donation or setting up a regular gift today, your donations will enable us to transform the hospital environment across our hospital sites to aid recovery like this for our patients and create more emotionally supported environments for our staff.
Our National Health Stories:
Discover and celebrate the stories of the people that make up our NHS. Marking 75 years of our National Health Service, this powerful new artwork is an unprecedented collaboration between 19 hospital trusts and a creative team led by Kwame Kwei-Armah. Building on the incredible – and often hidden – work of the Arts in Hospitals Network, thousands of staff will explore, share and reflect upon what being part of the NHS means to them, building a unique portrait of an organisation through its people, told through art and creativity. The project is funded by Arts Council England, NHS Charities Together in partnership with NHS England
19 NHS Trusts Unprecedented collaboration
Unique portrait of an organisation through its people, told through art and creativity.
Social media links www.ournhstories.org.uk
Our Trust wide staff Art’s club is continuing to grow year on year. This year we held our third photography competition which showcased the talent of staff at Frimley Health. With the theme being ‘Connection’ staff were able submit a photograph they took which they felt embraced the theme best. Our art club allows us to showcase our staff across the Trust with our photography competition winners now placed in all hospital sites.
The third edition of our popular therapeutic colouring book has be launched across the trust. After the success of the first and second Trust colouring book in 2019 and 2020, the charity, staff and the local community have created a third edition which is even bigger and better than before. The colouring book also has helpful guides on how to draw flowers and mindfulness sections for all to fill in. Published for our staff and patients across all our hospital sites, this has been particularly important during this recent challenging time to give distraction and grounding for so many.
Being in hospital can make you very anxious, so anything that cheers us up, takes our mind off the moment, the boredom and makes us feel like ourselves again can really help our mental health. The evidence shows us that art can help people feel better, and get better.
Donations to support Arts & Creative Health allows us to enhance our healing environments within our health care setting. These can be through artist commissions, purchasing of artwork, participatory arts activities or music in hospitals.
Arts in our Hospitals is managed by a full time Arts and Creative Health Manager as well as a dedicated group of volunteers and a steering group which includes Frimley Trust members.
We have a range of projects that we are sourcing funding for to enhance our spaces at the trust. If you can support any of these or want find out about other projects, please get in touch.
Emma Carr - Arts and Creative Health Manager