People with learning disabilities and autism give their views on the design of new hospitals in Leeds
Access to green space, uplifting artwork, and lots of seating were some of the most-common requests from people with learning disabilities and autism as they took part in design workshops for two new hospitals planned in Leeds.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has been holding stakeholder sessions over the past month to seek views on what should be included in the new home for Leeds Children’s Hospital and the new adult hospital planned to be built at the Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) site.
The Building the Leeds Way team – which is responsible for delivering the two new hospitals – has been working closely with the trust’s learning disabilities specialists to canvas the views of patients and service users to ensure the new hospitals are fit for purpose and accessible to all.
And a popular request from service users was for more green space, as well as uplifting artwork within the new buildings – which are already being factored into the designs.
Other feedback included bringing nature indoors, lots of seating both outside and inside the buildings, an activity wall, and a water feature.
Mike Bacon, programme director for Building the Leeds Way, said: “Ensuring the two new hospitals can meet the needs and aspirations of the diverse communities that the trust serves across Leeds and the wider region, is absolutely critical.
“The engagement with our learning disability and autism community has helped us to gain further invaluable feedback surrounding external and interior design directly from those who use our hospitals.”
Alison Conyers, lead professional from the trust’s learning disability and autism team, added: “People with learning disabilities and/or autism are more likely to attend acute hospitals and many do find the nature of the hospital environment challenging.
“It's been fantastic to hear some of the brilliant ideas from people and their own personal experiences of hospital care will be used to create a better environment for everyone.”