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John Radcliffe

West Wing

ENT treatment room

Children's book writer and illustrator Mini Grey has created a woodland environment full of animals and birds to distract young patients who are undergoing uncomfortable procedures to remove foreign objects from ears and noses.

The work incorporates wall vinyls and framed artwork to create an entire environment with plenty of detail to engage patients. The vinyls were installed by VGL in June 2019.

I walked into the e-clinic room yesterday to the most wonderful mural of a tree with birds hiding in different parts of the room, it properly 'wowed' me when I saw it. It really has completely transformed the place and for some reason also makes it feel much bigger. The green is calming too and it now feels like a place any child would enjoy being in. The birds are also cunningly placed so that Jo and the doctor performing ear suctioning or removal of foreign body can ask the child to look in a particular direction and be distracted for a few seconds, which is very helpful... I also run a tongue tie clinic with very small babies in that room three times a month, and... I know it will help keep the anxiety levels down for parents having to put their brand new child through a procedure. Victoria Sinclair, Specialist Registrar, ENT

A hospital clinic room with wash basin and large naive image of oak tree and forest creatures on the wall

Memories of the Radcliffe Infirmary

A series of artworks hang along the corridor to the West Wing from the main John Radcliffe building that relate to the Radcliffe Infirmary, the first hospital in Oxford, which was located in Jericho in the north of the city.

Portraits of those who helped found the hospital and have contributed to its development have been restored and hang in a public corridor for all to see. Captions provide an insight into the characters of those who stare out at you.

'Last Days': as the hospital was closing down, photographer Gina Glover spent time with staff and wandering the hospital corridors, capturing details of the buildings and portraits of those who worked there. Her composite images, collages of found transparencies and pin-hole camera images of the boardroom are an evocative reminder of a well-loved institution.

Nick White's images of the hospital date from his days working at the Radcliffe Infirmary as a medical photographer, and include a photograph of eighteenth and nineteenth century graffiti by those who built the hospital.

The Eye Hospital Waiting Rooms

'Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storms, but to add colour to my sunset sky': Rabindranath Tagore.

In 2010 the artist Nicky Hirst was commissioned to transform the Oxford Eye Hospital waiting areas into attractive and welcoming spaces.

The inspiration for her work comes from three paintings in the Ashmolean Museum - by John Constable, William Turner and Samuel Palmer - all of which contain beautifully painted skies. Selecting sections of sky from each painting and enlarging them to create backdrops or murals, she has brought a colour and a sense of space into these small waitings rooms. A framed reproduction of each Ashmolean painting, the same size as the original, is hung on top of each skyscape.

A framed picture on a background of wallpaper painted with clouds

Sun Dial: Night Watch

A large tapestry has been installed in the West Wing as part of a collaboration between artist Susan Morris and chronobiologist Katharina Wulff.

Two further tapestries are installed in the Academic Centre. For further details please see 'Academic Centre'.

Neuroscience Ward

65 prints, photographs and paintings for single rooms in Neurosciences and Specialist Surgery wards have been purchased from artists living and working in Oxfordshire through an open selection process.