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Double award win for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital art project


limeartsA creative design project based at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital has won two prizes at the national Building Better Healthcare Awards 2014.

The Awards celebrate innovation, technology and services that are constantly transforming and improving patient care in the healthcare industry across the UK. Lime Arts walked away with the 'Best Collaborative Arts Project' and 'Patients Choice' award, beating tough national and international competition for their 'Starship X-ray' project at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

Lime Arts are an award-winning arts charity based within Central Manchester Foundation Trust and other organisations across the north of England. Lime Arts strongly believe that the arts can play an important role in enhancing the quality of life and care across the healthcare industry. Creative
environments can be crucial to inspiring and putting patient's at ease, providing a positive state of mind for patients, especially children.
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The Starship X-ray project has completely transformed the Radiology Department in the Children's Hospital into a setting that makes you believe you are right in the middle of a Star Trek episode. Each of the nine camera rooms have now been transformed into the nine planets of the solar system, whilst the reception and waiting area is now the 'Starship Bridge'. The children and staff used old bits of computer tech to create 'Raybots' to accompany them on their journey to the planets. The space theme is fully integrated throughout the X-ray department, allowing children to be completely immersed and more at home in the unfamiliar environment of the hospital.

Brian Chapman, Director of Lime Arts and project manager for the new Starship X-ray design, said: "This was one of the most challenging projects the team here at Lime Arts has undertaken to date. Radiology presents difficult spaces to design for, it's a 24/7 service and there were many clinical and practical constraints. The imagination that the artists showed and the sheer hard work is to their credit. To win these awards is testament to all involved including the radiology staff who supported the whole process and the young patients who got involved."