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Ipswich Hospital colleagues view new digital aquarium
Fin-tastic digital aquariums help patients stay calm
14 October 2016

Unsettled patients at our hospital are now being given extra help to stay calm during their stay thanks to three special digital aquariums.

The underwater scenes are playing on three televisions on the Washbrook Ward to help patients with dementia, or anyone who may be anxious during their admission, to relax and keep calm.

The animated aquariums were created for the ward by KLH Architects, which has recently completed a refurbishment to make the ward dementia-friendly. They have been so well-received that staff from the firm are now creating other moving pictures, such as scenes of Suffolk, to give hospital staff a choice of which to play for patients.

Becky May, matron for medicine at the hospital, said: “We are absolutely delighted with our new digital aquariums, and are very grateful to KLH for sourcing the images and putting them together for us.

“Coming into hospital can be quite scary for some people, especially those with dementia who may become confused when they are not in their usual environment. Innovations such as the aquariums help them to calm down and relax, and can also promote good sleep patterns which is especially important for people with dementia.

“It was lovely to see how everyone reacted as soon as the screens were turned on – the aquariums are making a real difference to patients already. It’s fantastic that something so simple can have such a positive impact on patient care and patient experience, and makes me very proud to work at Ipswich Hospital.”

As part of the recent refurbishment at Washbrook Ward, large clear signs have been installed, lighting has been reduced and contrasting paints added to help patients with dementia to find their way around more easily.