Artwork brings a local touch to new unit

ward manager and artist stand in front of new artwork for FEAU
FEAU Ward Manager Sophie Cagna with artist Melanie

A new Frailty Assessment Unit at Leighton Hospital has benefited from a bespoke artwork which was designed by illustrator and designer Melanie from Smith & Wonder.

The clinical team working on the unit asked for designs of local landmarks and key features of the surrounding areas to provide a talking point with their patients who would enter the unit down a long corridor.

The corridor will also be used when reviewing a patient's mobility and the artwork will play a key part in helping to put people at ease and support with the assessments.

MCHFT Arts Manager Deborah Riding who commissioned the artwork said,

“Melanie has produced something really beautiful that creates a sense of the Cheshire area and enhances the space, making the ward much more welcoming and engaging. This is one of the first artworks to be commissioned as part of the Trust’s new arts programme and will make a huge difference to patients and staff.”

Melanie said,

“I have loved being able to bring a slice of Cheshire to life for patients and their relatives, highlighting key places that can act as a visual reminder of fond memories. The map takes patients on a journey, bringing the outside in and connecting them with the nature and history of familiar places and spaces.”

The Trust's Art's Programme is funded by MCH Charity and aims to improve the physical environment and supports patient care and staff wellbeing.

MCH Charity Manager Emma Robertson said,

“We’re so pleased that the charity has been able to support this fantastic project, providing a better environment for patients and staff and supporting the wellbeing of everyone who uses and visits the hospital. This is a key priority of the charity and art commissions like this provide us with great opportunities work with staff and patients to meet these objectives.”

To find out more about the Arts Programme visit our web page here

You can also contact Arts Manager Deborah Riding by emailing