Pictures chosen to line new hospital block

THE photographs chosen to line the walls of a new block at Worthing Hospital were revealed last week.

An exhibition of the 90 winning images was held on Thursday inside the new clinical block, which will open to patients later this month.

The pictures were chosen from hundreds submitted to the hospital for their ability to create a positive environment for patients and staff.

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The first-place winner of the adult competition was Chris Mole from Danehill, for his image of Worthing beach, pictured below. Second place went to Worthing’s Paul Pedersen for his image of harvest fields at Long Furlong, while the second runner-up was Polly Dutton from Slindon, for her image of barley in fields above Slindon. The trio will each get vouchers for Park Cameras in Burgess Hill.

The junior winner was Max Walmsley from Shoreham, who took a snap of his friend skateboarding. Max wins photographic equipment from Park Cameras.

The new block at the hospital will feature a new outpatient department on the ground floor, with two 19-bedded wards on the first floor. It is part of an extensive building programme at the hospital, which includes work to build two new operating theatres, a new A&E featuring a dedicated area for children, and a new cardiac catheterisation block.

Cathy Stone, director of nursing and patient safety at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust which runs the hospital, said: “The new clinical block is a valuable addition to the Worthing site, and with these beautiful images on display it will provide a perfect setting to give the best possible care to patients.

“We are so grateful to everyone who entered the competition, because they have helped us to create an environment which will be appreciated by patients, carers, and staff alike.

“Of course, patients need high-quality clinical care, but it is also important to provide a positive atmosphere, and we hope that this new block will do just that.”

All 90 winning entries can be viewed on the Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust Facebook page.