– This can involve everything from adapting the colour scheme to creating rooms that are safe and have a cozy feel rather than a typical healthcare environment, continues Jens Axelsson.
When designing a children’s hospital, it is also important to create spaces for activities such as music and socialising, and not just typical healthcare environments. This is so that the children feel healthy and can live an everyday life. It is important to be able to emphasise what is healthy and have a salutogenic approach. Relatives also play a central role in the planning of children’s hospitals, which need to be designed so that relatives can stay close to the children during the period of care and thus contribute to security.
– Children need a different creative process that takes into account their needs and wishes, as they are more dependent on carers than adult patients. It is therefore important that relatives have a clear place. At Queen Silvia’s Children’s Hospital in Gothenburg, it is possible to stay overnight in the treatment rooms and cook your own food. There is also a sofa that is only for parents, so there is always room for them, says Jens Axelsson.