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Bellhouse Drayson Ward

Bellhouse Drayson Ward has been transformed with brightly coloured animals and birds.

Artist Stephen Smith, also known as Neasden Control Centre, worked closely with nursing staff and play specialists on the ward to create a positive and welcoming environment for young patients and their families in the hospital. The project was funded by Oxford Hospitals Charity's Fund for Children.

Bellhouse Drayson is a busy medical inpatient ward where patients up to the age of 16 with acute respiratory, cardiac and gastroenterology conditions are treated.

Ward play specialists Sam Mortlock and Grace Midwinter helped to raise funds and worked with the artist during the project.

The artwork was designed to engage patients of all ages to create an inclusive environment, and as well as bright, cheerful colours and strong shapes, there is plenty of detail to distract young minds.

The artwork makes the ward seem less clinical and intimidating, and also contributes to a positive working environment for the staff.

Corridor view of mural featuring sea creatures

A clinic room with bright pictures of owls on the ceiling A sea creature mural in a nook behind a ward cupboard

A square window with animal pictures creating stained-glass effect A close up of a raccoon image from a mural