Radiotherapy patients at the RUH can now enjoy relaxing views of a sunny blue sky while waiting for their appointments, thanks to a new ‘window’ installed in the ceiling of the waiting area.
Instead of a real window, the sunny scene is created by using a series of light panels that create a realistic image, and is all thanks to patient Allan Sinclair who donated them to the department.
Allan, who has just completed radiotherapy treatment for prostate cancer at the RUH in Bath, said: “It was just my way of giving back something to the staff here who have looked after me so well.
“I just can’t thank the staff enough. From the reception staff, to the radiographers and the consultants, the care I’ve received has been second to none.
“At the RUH you are treated like an individual, you’re not just a number, and that’s what makes the staff here so special.”
Allan owns the company Sky Inside, which provides sky ceilings and artificial windows to healthcare companies and NHS Trusts throughout the country.
The Radiotherapy department isn’t the only one at the RUH to have such features – departments including intensive care and cardiology also have similar windows.
Allan added: “It’s a very simple and effective way to brighten up a waiting room or gloomy corridor and can really help lift your mood.”
In addition to the donation, the light panels were installed free of charge by electrical contractor Electrio.
Lisa Tolson, Radiotherapy Service Manager, said: “We’re so grateful to Allan for such a wonderful gesture.
“The new window really brightens up the waiting area and it’s already receiving lots of positive feedback from our patients and staff.”