Watch the Birdie

The children’s ward at Forth Valley Royal Hospital has a new look – thanks to a makeover which includes bird boxes for children to peer into, and the chance to spot hidden nests in corridors en route to theatre.

It’s the result of a creative collaboration between visual artist Sharon Quigley and designer Andrew McGregor, who sounded out dozens of youngsters and their families, together with staff, to find out how they would like to see the ward transformed.

Gone are Peppa Pigs, Thomas the Tank and Hello Kitty stickers to be replaced with colourful imagery drawn directly from the woodland surrounding the hospital. It features clouds, leaves, and the sound of birdsong, a clever combination of real birds tweeting and children playing.

For seven year old Rocco Falcone (pictured) the lure of this bird box was too good to miss. “It looks like chocolate eggs inside – it’s really cool! “he said. Other bird boxes contain kaleidoscopes.

Designer Sharon Quigley said the new designs, which cover walls and doorways, were going down a storm. “We’ve seen kids run out of the lift and they say ‘wow, we want that in our bedroom.’ To see a reaction like this is

The makeover is the first of a series of commissions in Forth Valley Royal Hospital, funded by endowments – the charitable arm of NHS Forth Valley.