Over 3,000 people per year enter the doors of the oncology unit at St Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny.
Since last Thursday those tough visits have become a little easier.
A wonderful collection of art prints now adorn the walls of the unit located in the new wing of the hospital.
Edelle Nolan, Arts Officer at St Luke's explained about the importance of the ‘Revelation’ Collection at the Oncology Ward at the exhibition opening on Thursday.
“Ambulatory oncology care at St Luke's, is the first of its kind in Ireland, it is set up as a new model of care, and is entirely a day service oncology ward, the ethos being, that patients can get swift treatment, and spend as little time as possible in hospital during their cancer
treatment,” she explained.
“This is in line with current best practice, as the patient would have less exposure to hospital borne illnesses and also they would feel less like a patient needing hospital treatment and spend quality time at home with their families. Also with no need
for overnight accommodation for ongoing oncology care, the savings gained can be spent on treating the patients, rather than providing accommodation, especially as patients, prefer to stay at home as much as possible, where there is less disruption to daily life for families and friends.
“While the patient is in hospital, we seek to create a pleasant environment using these beautiful fine art limited edition prints, in the treatment bays and in the corridor or the Oncology Ward,” she said.
The specially commissioned prints created by members of Graphic Studio Dublin (GSD) and invited artists are on long term loan. The collection of prints was donated by Dr. Abdul Bulbulia.
His pioneering work in the ‘Arts and Health’ movement in University Hospital Waterford (UHW) and Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT), has expanded to other parts of Ireland over the last 25 years.
He believes passionately that the presence of art in a hospital environment serves to elevate spirits and provide joy for patients.
He concurs absolutely with the quotation “Medicine makes life possible, Art makes life worthwhile”.
The artists featured include: Pamela Leonard, Cliona Doyle, Brian Lalor, Yoko Akino, Stephen Lawlor, Robert Russell, Clare Henderson, Tim Goulding, Jean Bardon, Tom Phelan, Lina Nordenström, Terence Gravett, Yoko Hara, Nickie Hayden, Sharon Lee, Maev Leneghan, Siobhan Hyde, Kelvin Mann, William Crozier HRHA, Guggi, John Kindness, Carmel Benson, Mary Lohan, Maeve McCarthy RHA, Martin Gale RHA, Donald Teskey, Seán McSweeney HRHA, Nigel
Rolfe and Marta Wakula-Mac.