OHFT Membership Matters November 2022

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What a result for our young MIU patients!

A new mural has transformed the children's waiting area at Abingdon Minor Injuries Unit. With puffins, a helter -skelter, whales and

a lighthouse, the children’s waiting area at Abingdon’s Minor Injuries Unit looks more like a day at the beach — thanks to Oxford Health Charity. This bright and cheerful new facility was recently opened, by Chief Nurse Marie Crofts who hailed the area a fabulous success. “It’s so much better for our young patients and such a great example of the value that teamwork and what our wonderful charity can achieve.” A fun mural by local artist Tom Cross, who worked alongside staff at the unit to co-design a bespoke seaside scene, features a beach with changing huts, fish and starfish swimming in the sea, while the town hall has been transformed into a sandcastle. To honour the association with the area’s military links Chinook helicopters are depicted. There are even red kites flying through the sky – a common site in Oxfordshire skies. New toys have also been purchased, and, in keeping with the seaside theme, there is a captain’s wheel and a seaplane. Rachel Caira, Clinical Lead in the Minor Injuries Unit said: “During the pandemic we had to significantly simplify our children’s waiting area due to Infection Control and it became obvious it was tired and dated. We put in a

bid for support from Oxford Health Charity to create a new safe, fun and interactive environment. “We have managed to design a bespoke mural to cover the walls with objects specific to Abingdon and the surrounding areas. “We have also brought new toys for the children’s waiting area as well as a safer flooring for our younger visitors to play on. “Children have been completely blown away and reluctant to come into the treatment area as they have been having so much fun in the waiting area! We have also had lots of lovely compliments surrounding the diversity depicted in the mural as well as spotting lots of local landmarks. “We would like to say a huge thank you to Oxford Health Charity, as without their support we wouldn’t have been able to make this transformation.

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