In the clinical space, children lie down on the imaging machine in order to have either their kidney or bladder functionality monitored. Scans can take anything from 20 minutes to an hour, during which time it is vital that children lie as still as possible. Unsparingly, this doesn’t come naturally.
Art in Site came up with an intervention that would distract children and help them to remain calm and still during their scans: “Looking up” is a looping film, which plays on a monitor overhead, featuring a series of long, meditative shots of sky-bound objects, such as kites, hot air balloons, and gliders. The effect is calming and soporific. Many children settle down as they watch this film, and some even fall to sleep briefly (an ideal outcome in this context).
Service Children's Hospital, Nuclear Imaging
Commissioned by Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Trust
Artist Art in Site
Users Child patients
Awards Building Better Healthcare Awards 2010: Winner, Best use of Visual Art in Healthcare