|The realisation of a five-year vision
Explaining the motivation behind her vision, Dr Walker said: “For children, parents, and caregivers, visiting the operating theatre can be a daunting experience, whether it’s for a dental procedure or brain surgery. The stories that children and families share about their experiences in the theatre last a lifetime, so we want them to be positive.
“Whilst hospital design has improved greatly in recent decades, it is still the case that there are pockets of clinical areas that patients still find intimidating. I have travelled to several centres of excellence around the world and found this to be the case, even in relatively new buildings. Our children’s operating theatres are one such place.
“Our Theatre Improvement Project set out to change this narrative. We wanted to transform our theatre environment into one filled with empathy so that children, their families and indeed staff will feel calmer and more welcomed.
“The new environment contains welcome distractions and moments of joy for those visiting. It is important on both an emotional and clinical level. A more empathic environment will lead to less anxiety, greater satisfaction, less emergence delirium, less post-op nausea and vomiting and less pain relief requirements. I am deeply grateful for the support of the public, businesses and Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity for making this vision become a reality.”