White, sterile walls and closed-off, harshly-lit corridors are passé. Hospitals in the city are opting for a more colourful and approachable look and have taken to wall paintings and murals to offer patients and visitors an open, inviting environment for their health concerns.
“We have wall paintings in waiting rooms. This helps the children before treatment and makes them more open to the doctors. Parents too are comforted by the colour and the openness of the architecture. This is what we were aiming for, as treatment can be very rigorous and tiring,” she said.
Aside from relieving anxiety, this comforting décor also aids doctors in diagnosis, said Dr Bhuvaneshwari Rajendran, consultant neurologist and neurophysiologist. With Kauvery Hospitals featuring 60 paintings by local artists, patients are more relaxed before approaching the doctor and are thus more open about medical problems, she said.
“I have noticed that we also get many geriatric patients. These are senior citizens who often live alone and come to the hospital by themselves. For them, there is a lot of anxiety surrounding a doctor’s visit. The paintings make them feel more at ease,” she said.
According to Dr Rakesh Jalali, radiation oncologist at Apolo Hospitals, the bright, vibrant environment at the Apollo Proton Cancer Centre motivates patients to come back for their daily dose of treatment. “We also play a short animated movie that I made on the treatment that will follow. This makes the children more receptive towards treatment,” he said.