Better Care

Special school mini charity makeover

A doctor’s consultation room in need of modernisation at a Birmingham special school has been transformed into a warm and welcoming private space for pupils, parents and nursing staff to meet thanks to a multi-coloured charity makeover.

Delighted pupils and nurses have given the thumbs-up to the new décor and furniture in the clinic room at Victoria School in Northfield after the team approached the BCHC Charity for support.

Fresh paint, new furniture and bedding and an eye-catching ‘fantasy land’ mural spanning an entire wall have transformed the room in an effort to create a bright, comforting space for pupils and their families.

Victoria School charity makeover

Andrea Griffiths leads a team of 13 nurses, enteral feeders plus admin support colleagues based at the school, which caters for just over 200 pupils aged from two to 19 years old.

Andrea said: “Working closely with our teaching colleagues, we provide specialist care for children and young people with multiple complex health needs.

“Around 13 of the current pupils have ‘advanced care plans’, which identify the wishes of parents, carers and the pupils themselves as to the course of action they would like to take at the end-stages of their life.

“Many of the care plans are discussed in school with nurses and consultants at what is a very difficult time for families and we have been very aware that the doctor’s clinic room at Victoria was in need of some ‘TLC’ for sensitive conversations of this kind.

“I wanted the room to be ‘less clinical’ looking and have a more warm , comfortable and  inviting feel.

“So, I liaised with the BCHC Charity to see if they could help fund a ’mini makeover’. The support I have received has been fantastic and enabled the nursing team to choose the wallpaper, colour of the paint, and flooring together.

“My husband did the decorating and we held an Easter raffle to raise more funds for some toys.

“We now have a beautiful, vibrant room which is inviting for pupils and their families which means that, whether families are receiving good  or difficult news, it will be delivered in a more positive environment.”

Charity manager Sarah Binks said: “We were very pleased to help make Andrea’s vision a reality and are making plans to support similar makeover initiatives in the other special schools around Birmingham where we have nursing teams based.”

Click here to find out more about the BCHC Charity.