‘Tina’s Tiles’. Children at Nottingham’s Queens Medical Centre get a chance to paint tiles to brighten tired bathrooms.
Tina Kirk, housekeeper on ward E37, created ‘Tina’s Tiles’ to help keep children on the children’s entertained. The patients get to decorate the tiles with a design of their choice using ceramic pens and paints. The tiles are then fired in an oven and will be put on the walls of the bathroom in the children’s ward.
Nottingham University Hospital currently fund the paint and pens, but are relying heavily on donations of tiles to keep the project alive.
“There’s not always a lot for teenagers to do on the ward and once they started doing the tiles they opened up a lot… it’s like therapy for the children” – Tina Kirk, House Keeper on ward E37
The tiles have grown so popular that other wards across the hospital have shown an interest. Instead of decorating just the bathroom, the tiles will now be used in the hospital corridors.
Chelsey, thirteen years old, has been a patient at Nottingham Children’s Hospital for six months.
“I’m really glad the tiles came to the hospital. I really enjoy it and it distracts me from my treatment… I love to paint and it makes me really happy” – Chelsey Whittock, patient at QMC.
Listen to Tina below talking about why the tile project has been such a success.