York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Date started: 
Organisation:  acute
Service:  adult acute, end-of-life care
Project:  bereavement areas
The area before the project
Furnishings give a non-institutional feel
A quiet, private retreat for the bereaved

Project location

York Hospital

Aims and outcomes

The aim of the project was to create a centralised, dedicated service for all those bereaved at the hospital and their families in a well designed space that was sensitive to their needs.

The design of the bereavement suite has created a quiet, private retreat for the bereaved and maximised the space available while concealing some of the structural elements that had to be retained during the redesign. The furniture, furnishings, lighting and chosen décor, together with the curved walls in the entrance space and the view to the adjoining private garden give the scheme a very non institutional feel. A room has been provided for the Registrar as well as offices for the bereavement services staff.

The signature image, commissioned for the scheme is now used for all bereavement literature, the artworks, donors' acknowledgements and display wall which have all been chosen carefully to integrate with the whole scheme.

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