Bedside Manners

From November 2012 Sofie Layton worked for a day a week in the Evelina London Children’s Hospital Renal unit, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and main wards alongside hospital school teaching staff and play therapists. download Evaluation.

The outcome of the residency is a visual and sound installation re-creating a typical hospital bay and representing the experiences of children, staff and parents at the hospital. For families, throughout the time a child is in hospital, the hospital bed space becomes their world.  This installation re-imagines that bed space and imbues it with the bravery, resilience and fragility which was expressed by the parents as well as the commitment and dedication of the hospital staff.  The installation accommodates 4 people at a time sitting on the bed or in chairs with soundscape on headphones. It was open to the public from  9 – 12 July 2013 in the Atrium of the Evelina Children’s Hospital.  Listen here to  Bedside Manners Podcast. To book the installation for your conference or event please contact

Funded by the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and the British Kidney Patient Association.