Hospital breast screening unit celebrates the gift of art

Members of the Pink Ladies pictured at the celebration event at the Breast Screening Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital, where artists donated their work which will be on display at the unit. Included are Dr. Michael Reilly, Joan Doherty, non-executive director, Altnagelvin Trust, and Anne Patterson, senior radiographer. (1502SL01)
Members of the Pink Ladies pictured at the celebration event at the Breast Screening Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital, where artists donated their work which will be on display at the unit. Included are Dr. Michael Reilly, Joan Doherty, non-executive director, Altnagelvin Trust, and Anne Patterson, senior radiographer. (1502SL01)
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The Breast Screening Unit at Altnagelvin Area Hospital is celebrating the kind donation of 40 pieces of beautiful art. The artwork was gifted by collaboration of artists and has taken pride of place along the walls and corridors at the screening unit, providing a more relaxing and warm environment for the women who use the service.

The Breast Screening Unit at Altnagelvin is the specialist breast unit for the Western Board area. Staff at the unit recognise the benefits of helping to provide more inviting healthcare surroundings. For that reason a unique project was set up and led by Anne Patterson, Radiographer at the unit and Artist. Over a period of three months Anne gathered together a plethora of work from over 35 individual artists from the city, across the province and further afield.

The donations include a fusion of various forms of inspired artwork and include paintings, photography and ceramics. Together they help create a more relaxing and calming atmosphere, almost a mini sanctuary of art for the unit’s patients to explore and appreciate.

A special event to mark the donation was held this week.Speaking during the celebratory event, Dr Michael Reilly, Lead Cancer Clinician at the Western Trust, said: “A visit to a hospital’s Breast Screening Unit can be a daunting experience for any woman... I gave my full support to this project and I have no doubt the new art will help create and encourage a more positive patient experience. The unit is now overflowing with exceptional art pieces and I am extremely grateful to the artists who have donated their work and for making this all possible.”

An additional piece of art will be placed at the unit in March. A tiled mosaic is being produced by the Pink Ladies, Breast Cancer Support Group. The Breast Cancer survivors are working with a local artist to produce the ‘Celebration of Beauty’ mosaic that will be placed at the entrance to the screening unit in March.

Anne Patterson and the staff at the Breast Screening Unit would like to thank the contributing artists and a number of local businesses who gifted supplies to the unit for the display of artwork and for the celebration event.

Sincere thanks to the gordon galleries; Graphix Signs; Lermagh Graphics; Annexe Framing; Rossdowney Flowers; Clooney Flowers; ASDA, Strabane; Marks and Spencer, Waterside; Eurospar, Rossdowney; Cassidy’s Shop and Filling Station, Tamnaherin and the Leprechaun Bakery and Coffee Shop.