Healing Environments: DESIGNING OUR WHaNAU AREAS, THE CULTURAL AND EMOTIONAL HEART OF THE HOSPITAL.
Whanau Areas are the cultural and emotional heart of our hospital – a space where families gather to hear news of their loved ones. We’re starting a discussion around how we can improve these spaces to offer better privacy, support, refuge, comfort and inclusiveness to support the cultural and emotional needs of our whanau.
WHAT IS A HEALING ENVIRONMENT?
Being in a hospital can often be a stressful and emotional time. A healing environment, in the context of healthcare, is defined as a physical space and organisational culture that supports patients and their families through the stresses imposed by illness, hospitalisation, medical visits and the process of healing. A healing environment that helps to relieve stress and anxiety can be said to improve the experience of families and aid the recovery of the patient.
WE ASKED. WE HEARD. WE LIstened. This is what you had to say...
EXPERIENCE THE BOOTH
This booth was designed by the DHW Lab in response to the need for better privacy and refuge in our Whānau areas. Its design allows for flexible arrangement of space, creating small areas of refuge to give families privacy. We invite you to experience the booth and let us know what you think of it.
DROP by the level 5 Waiting area in the Auckland City hospital and experience the booth for yourself.
Exhibition opening times
Monday 13 February • 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Tuesday 14 February • 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Wednesday 15 February • 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Share your thoughts
We’d love to hear your thoughts on Healing Environments in the hospital. Send us your feedback below!