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DR Peter Carter visits Bridgwater Hospital

4 March 2015

Here at DKA we were interested to note that recent news from Somerset Partnership (NHS Foundation Trust) covers a visit from Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, to the new Bridgwater Community Hospital, completed last spring.

DKA were not only responsible for designing this 5,400m² new community hospital but our appointment was extended to include leading the interior design and art strategies for the building. Both aspects were supported by the Dementia Strategy written by Rebecca Furse, our Designer and Environmental Psychologist, which has since been adopted throughout Somerset Partnership.

On his tour around the new community hospital Dr Carter, who grew up in Bridgwater, spotted himself as a child in one of the archive photographs on display in the Inpatient Dining Room, depicting the Furlongs Avenue Coronation Street Party in 1953.

This is one of a collection of photographs, provided by the Blake Museum, that aim to comfort patients living with dementia by encouraging social interaction triggered by reminiscence. The orange colour of the background wall was specifically chosen to stimulate the appetite of patients and provide a warming glow.