Thank you for helping us Rays a Smile in Radiology! We did it! 

We are delighted to show you the marvellous makeover of our Radiology department – made possible thanks to your generous donations!

Three years ago, Bradford Hospitals’ Charity launched the Rays a Smile appeal to make our radiology spaces more child and young people-friendly. Working in partnership with Consultant Paediatric Radiologist Dr LeeAnne Elliott and her Radiology colleagues, we raised around £150,000 to refurbish a number of clinical spaces, waiting areas and corridors to make the departments at Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke’s Hospital more child-friendly. 

The following spaces, which you can view below, have had a full revamp: 

  • One X-ray room in A&E, 
  • Two X-ray rooms in Radiology, 
  • Two CT rooms, 
  • One fluoroscopy room, 
  • MRI waiting room, 
  • Two ultrasound rooms, 
  • The children’s waiting rooms at Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke’s Hospital, 
  • A snuggle room has been created to soothe babies to sleep before MRI

Almost all patients treated at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, either as an inpatient or outpatient, are referred for imaging, and more than 20,000 children and young people are imaged throughout the Trust each year.

A woodland and nature theme has been used to be consistent with the recently designed Children and Young People’s Unit. The waiting areas are relaxing and combine woodland themed décor and toys and electronic gadgets to occupy children waiting for an examination. The corridors have been decorated with large images of the stunning Yorkshire countryside.   

Bluetooth speakers, which are used to play music of the family’s choice, have been added to imaging rooms. And, where appropriate, sky-themed lighting panels were installed in imaging rooms in a basement corridor at BRI, where there is little or no natural light – all creating a relaxing and calming environment.

A ‘snuggle room’, allowing parents to soothe babies to sleep before scans and avoiding the need for a general anaesthetic, has also proven popular since it was launched. It has helped Radiology provide a better service to the very youngest patients, meaning babies can be diagnosed quicker. 

Sound systems and a ‘Relax and View’ machine, which plays films and videos while young patients and adults undergo MRI scans, is also now available to relax patients and to make these scans – which can take up to one hour to perform – more easily tolerated. .

The final phase of the work focused on providing clear and attractive signage – also  known as wayfinding – , and has also proven a huge hit. From the moment they arrive, bright and clear signs now greet patients, visitors and staff and guide them to colour-coded waiting and clinical areas. Exits and entrances are also easy to identify, avoiding anxiety or confusion.

Dr LeeAnne Elliott, Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Consultant Paediatric Radiologist, said: “Three years ago a small group of us met to imagine how we could improve Radiology for children and young people. We also wanted to organise our new wayfinding and waiting areas so that patients would feel much more relaxed when visiting us.

“The charity backed us with the ‘Rays a Smile for Radiology’ appeal and all the Radiology staff worked really hard in order to raise that money. We abseiled, we sky-dived, we ran marathons, we climbed mountains, and took part in the annual Bradford Dragon Boat Festival to raise the money.

“We were well supported by all of the community in Bradford, who have been amazing, and I’d like to thank them for that.

“The department looks and feels so much more friendly and I am hoping that patients and visitors will feel much more relaxed.”

LeeAnne said the improvements had also made the department a nicer space for the staff to work in. And she paid tribute to Project Officer, Samantha Hunter, from the Trust’s Estates and Facilities team, and graphic designer Tony Stead, from Dekka Graphics.

Hayley Collis, Head of Fundraising for, Bradford Hospitals’ Charity, added: “The whole team in Radiology and Estates were amazing and really stepped up to the mark when it came to fundraising and negotiating with suppliers.

“Huge thanks must also go to the people of Bradford for their support. It’s hard to single out any one of our fundraisers, but in particular, we’d like to thank 12-year-old Molly-Mae Windle, Ambassador for our Rays a Smile appeal, who supported the appeal in many ways, including starring in the Rays a Smile launch film, running in the Bradford City Run as well as hosting her famous Facebook raffles too. 

“We’d also like to give a special mention to Bingley Grammar School, who were truly inspired by our ambitions to help young children and raised a staggering £9,061 in their annual sponsored walk.”

Click on the tabs below to read just how pleased our staff are with the incredible makeover! And to see just some of our wonderful donors and fundraisers.

  • Our adapted MRI scanner to help with distraction

  • Our MRI scanner with a view

  • Some of the bright decor now in the reception area

  • Some of the wall art for children in our X-ray rooms

  • Some of the new decor in our X-ray rooms

  • Some of our new signage

  • The children's waiting area at BRI

  • The wall art in our X-ray rooms to make children more comfortable

  • One of our A&E Xray rooms now looking more welcoming

  • A refurbished ultrasound room

  • A child-friendly ultrasound room

  • The ultrasound room ceiling

  • A newly refurbished ultrasound room

  • The new snuggle room

  • The children's waiting area at St Luke's Hospital

  • One of the corridors in Radiology at BRI

How it all began...See our original appeal video here!