Children attending appointments at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital Eye Unit can now wait in the refurbished children’s area, which has a new television to help pass the time during eye assessments.
Other improvements include a storage unit with matching floor cushions, new books and wall art in the form of a mirrored panel that makes unusual reflections.
The refurbishment was funded by Bournemouth Hospital Charity through donations from the Friends of the Eye Unit, JP Morgan, Yellow Buses’ Carbon Stoppers’ initiative and All Fired Up.
Children who undergo a full eye examination at the unit especially benefit from the new TV due to the affects of the eye drops which are part of the investigations. The drops take at least 30 minutes to work and affect the child’s near vision which becomes increasingly blurred. This means that many books and toys available are ineffective. The child’s distance vision remains relatively unchanged, and so a children’s TV programme can keep them entertained.