H.C. Andersen Children’s Hospital, Denmark

Screens with motifs make a huge difference for children and staff

“These screens with our own design make a huge difference. They provide a calm atmosphere in the rooms, and children of all ages can explore the motifs. They become a part of the process of helping patients to handle the procedures they need to master during their stay,” explains Katinka Fomsgaard Kjaer, a ward nurse on the H3 day unit at H.C. Andersen Children’s Hospital in Denmark.

“It’s a big advantage that we already have experience with folding screens so our service assistants know the screens and immediately included them in their cleaning routines,” she adds.

The staff work actively with colours, motifs and stories to make children who have been admitted calm and comfortable. The design is inspired by famous Danish author Hans Christian Andersen’s paper art cuttings, and the design goes across the ambulatory unit, examination rooms and corridors in the bed units and treatment rooms.

The motifs bring all the interior together, so the H.C. Andersen Children’s Hospital appears as one single department.

The three bed units are each furnished with two wall mounted folding screens and two mobile bed end screens printed with the department’s motifs in bright colours. The solution makes it easy to create a “room within a room”, and the screens can be folded and unfolded as needed. The height and length of the screens have been chosen carefully, so the patients have peace and quiet and the staff always have an overview of the patients.

It was very important for the staff to get all three bed unit rooms divided into 4 nice areas with privacy. Curtains used to hang from floor to ceiling, which was unhygienic, impractical and closed in the patients.

The design range is developed over 10 years, and when major changes are made to the interior, Susanne Bjerre, director at 10:30, a visual communication company, is brought in to advise.

“I went on a quest for the optimal solution in relation to hygiene, screening and the integration of our design theme. I found Silentia, who could meet all our criteria. They have so much experience in this field that it’s possible to implement your own design,” says Susanne Bjerre.

Silentia combines patient screening with the visual decor. “We are happy to handle the task of the logistics, idea sketches, advice, installation and training staff how to use the screens. And the motif printing meets all the requirements for durability, hygiene and flexibility,” says Henrik Fribo-Søndergaard, Director at Silentia in Denmark.

“The process was simple. I was given a template for the screen format and submitted design files to Silentia. And I must say, that the finished result looks fantastic. The colours are reproduced accurately, and the daylight through the semi-transparent screens really brings the motif to life,” says Susanne Bjerre.

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