Decorating Middlemore Hospital MRI Suite

By September 24, 2019No Comments

Since the opening of the new MRI unit in 2018, the team have been hard at work making the unit a little more welcoming for their visitors. After recently receiving three generous donations, the team agreed that decals would further enhance the space making it friendlier for children and young adults. Antony from ‘Your Decal Shop’ in Hawkes Bay was assigned to making this vision a reality.

The beautiful decals feature New Zealand native birds and were designed for the MRI unit with a special story – Project Coordinator Jenna McTague says that  ‘Tui goes to space’ was specifically designed to offer a form of distraction, and also to entertain and educate kids about the journey.

 “We wanted the story to be fun but also functional,” says Antony, “so we created a journey that Tui would meet his friends (other NZ natives) along the way who help him get ready for space (the MRI machine).”

Having an MRI scan can be a daunting task, especially for children, so Antony also designed a colouring book with stickers to be given to children as they arrive at reception.

“To tell the story properly without cluttering the walls with text, we came up with the concept to make a storytelling colouring book. Every child, either inpatient or outpatient, receives one as they enter the MRI suite. With this book, they can follow the story as they move through the unit and colour in each of the designs to either match the decals or have their own creative input. In the middle of the book we designed a page of stickers from the elements of the decals that they could stick throughout the book,” he says.

Below is an example of the decal as an art piece on the left and the colouring book version with the story on the right.

‘Tui wants to go to space’ paints a friendly picture of the process of having an MRI scan through the eyes of Tui – the bird who receives help from his friends to prepare him for his big journey in the space rocket (the MRI machine).

The journey starts with Tui being prepared; his friends hold any jewellery or anything made of metal that he has; they then hand him his space coat (hospital gown) and a headset (earmuffs). Tui then ventures into the luer room among the monarch butterflies, and eventually is off into space. After the journey in the spaceship, the child gets a stamp at the end of the book to highlight their space adventure, just like Tui.

Sticker page (left), Colouring Book (right)

Though decals were the main focus of the project, the funds have also been used for new furniture, toys and books for the reception waiting room, a foam chair for the luer room for parents to sit on, and lockers for patients to leave their personal items in while having their scan.

Tui & Kingfisher Piha Night Sky

The walls, corridors and rooms have had Antony’s designer touch added to them with some picturesque decals installed to bring the newly renovated space to life.

These designs are now available to order here: